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43-37894

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 13/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 1/7/44;

On assembly for Chemnitz 6/2/45 with John Hedgecock, Co-pilot: Eaden Whiteman, Navigator: John Roschen, Bombardier: Albt Elias, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jake Zuckerman, Radio Operator: Art Fleischer, Waist gunner: Pete Nicoliasen, Tail gunner: Paul Estep (8RTD with minor injuries);
Ball turret gunner: Ed Tijan (Killed in Action); mid-air coll with 43-37806; crashed Prickwillow, Sfk, UK; crews bailed, two civilians also killed and three injured.

(?landing accident at base with Jim Owens 15/5/45?)
Salvaged.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-37806 Miss Fortune

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/5/44; Kearney 2/6/44; Grenier 16/6/44; Assigned 486BG Sudbury 18/6/44; ...

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Units

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Albert Elias

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Hedgecock crew Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • Paul Estep

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • Arthur Fleischer

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • John Hedgecock

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • Pete Nicoliasen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • James Owens

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    AM / 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Roschen

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Hedgecock crew Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • Edward Tijan

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Edward Tijan served as a ball turret gunner with the 490th Bomb Group out of Eye, England. He was a member of John Hedgecock's crew. On 6 February 1945, he was flying in B-17 43-37894 'Big Poison' when it suffered a mid air collision with B-17 43-37806...

  • Eaden Whiteman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

  • Jacob Zuckerman

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 490th Bomb Group
    Returning from operations 6 Feb 1945, plane had mid air collision with 388th BG 'Miss Fortune' and crash landed in England at Prickwillow, Suffolk. All crew members wounded. Plane was 'Big Poison' AC #43-37894

Places

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Prickwillow, Ely CB7, UK

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2016 16:10:21 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections from biography information.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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