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44-6115

B-17 Flying Fortress

Accepted: 3 May 1944
Assigned: 10 May 1944 - Douglas Aircraft / Douglas Modification Center # 16 - (Tulsa Municipal)
Assigned: 20 May 1944 - 3rd AF / 302nd AAFBU (Staging Wing) - (Hunter AAF)
Assigned: 27 May 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - (Dow AAF)
Assigned: 29 May 1944 / 2 June 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 10 June 1944 - Assigned: 8th AF / 1st BD / 1st CBW / 381st BG / 534th BS - (RAF Ridgewell)
( Triangle-L ) ( GD * Q / Ice Col’ Katy )
56 Combat missions
After 1 August 1944: ( Triangle-L ) Red diagonal strip on vertical stabilizer ( GD * Q / Ice Col’ Katy )

Landing accident (class 3): 30 November 1944 @ 1000 hrs (Mechanical failure / Pilot error)
With 1Lt Robert Giese, Co-pilot: 2Lt Robert Marelius, Navigator: 2Lt 2Lt Robert Smith, Togg: Sgt Albert Imberg, Flight engineer: T/Sgt Richard Shereuse, Radio operator: T/Sgt Edward Esker, Ball turret: S/Sgt Robert Winter, Waist gunner: S/Sgt Clarence Page, Tail gunner: S/Sgt Virgil Masteletto
#2 engine failed at 8,000 feet on climb out for mission. Crew opted to return to base and take-off with another aircraft.
Pilot landed hard at RAF Ridgewell (runway 28), along with the heavy weight of a fully loaded ship caused the right main landing gear strut to shear collapsing the right gear on landing.
#3 & 4 engines, propellers, outboard right wing damaged.
9 RTD
AAF accident report: 45-11-30-511
8th AF mission (Zeitz, Germany)

Landing accident (class 3): 7 January 1945 @ 1144 hrs (Pilot error)
With 1Lt Charles Houk, Co-pilot: 2Lt William T Mays III, Navigator: 2Lt George Ransom, Flight engineer: S/Sgt John M Hean, Radio Operator: S/Sgt Robert M Johnson
Crew was doing local training and on landing at RAF Ridgewell (runway 28), the pilot allowed the B-17 to stall 30 feet above the runway.
Left main landing gear collapsed.
#3 & 4 engine, propellers, outboard left wing damaged
5 RTD
AAF accident report: 45-1-7-509
8th AF mission: (Engine Slow Time)

Assigned: 15 June 1945 - ATC / Ferry Division - (Bradley AAF)
Assigned: 19 June 1945 - ATSC / 4168th AAFBU (Oklahoma City ATSC) - (South Plains AAF)
Assigned: 29 November 1945 - RFC / Depot 41 - (Kingman AAF) - SOC.
Sold: 9 August 1946 - Martin Wunderlich Company, Jefferson City - Missouri

Service

Aircraft

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command

    Command
    VIII Bomber Command was constituted and activated in 1942. It oversaw heavy bombardment operations until February 1944, when it was redesginated as the 8th Air Force.

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Houk

    Military | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Houk, C. Crew

Places

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2019 02:52:46 terveurn Changes to description
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spelling

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21 December 2019 02:44:01 terveurn Changes to description
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from accident reports

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2019 16:40:38 terveurn Changes to description
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from card

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18 December 2019 16:38:12 terveurn Changes to markings
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updates to basic details

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2019 16:36:48 terveurn Changes to description
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from aircraft card

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:36:00 terveurn Changes to place associations
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AAF records

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 23:08:10 terveurn Changes to aircraft associations
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added connection

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 23:06:57 terveurn Changes to description
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from aircraft card

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 23:03:01 terveurn Changes to unit associations
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8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 23:01:45 terveurn Changes to description
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aaf accident report

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 23:00:41 terveurn Changes to unit associations
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from 8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:59:04 terveurn Changes to markings
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from 8th Af records

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:58:25 terveurn Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
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from 8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:56:13 terveurn Changes to description
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from AAF accident report

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 05:03:57 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
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Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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