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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 26/7/44; during assembly for Frankfurt 5/1/45, with Harry Adelman, Co-pilot: Chas Elder, Navigator: Art Saye, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Virgil Walton, instr Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bennett, Radio Operator: Don Tuttle, instr Radio Operator: Harvey Smetzer (7 Killed in Action); instr p-Maj Ed Blum, instr Navigator: Lt Ernie Langholz rt hand amputated, Bombardier: Lt Harry Hatrell (3RTD – all wia); mid air coll with 43-38111 (490BG); crash landed near Rougham A/fd, Sfk, UK; Salvaged.



  • 43-38111

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 22/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 25/7/44; lost on training flight 5/1/45 with Don Wood, Co-pilot: John Smith, Navigator: Forest Redman, Ex Navigator: Warren Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

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  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb 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


  • Harold Adelman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harold Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Edward Blum

    Military | Colonel | IP | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions ETO. 700Hrs coastal anti-submarine patrols. WIA. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

  • Charles Elder

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harold Hatrell

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Langholz

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Saye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Harvey Smetzer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 June 1944 in B-24 #4294885. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Killed in Action (KIA) 5 January 1945.

  • Donald Tuttle

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Adelman crew. Killed in Action.

  • Virgil Walton

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)


  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 5 January 1945


Date Contributor Update
28 January 2019 11:26:02 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations, unit associations and person associations

Added connections from information in aircraft biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15362 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database