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42-29685

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Salina 17/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Alconbury 30/3/43, transferred 412BS [QW-R]; 3m.

Blew up at Alconbury 27/5/43, (along with three other a/c:42-29706; 42-29804; 42-29808, five others severely damaged & six with minor damage). Salvaged.
Whilst the A/C was being serviced, a single 500lb bomb from the load of ten exploded causing a chain reaction ending in a conflagration and mass casualties (19** KIS), 21 seriously and 14 slightly injured).

**Following casualties, Killed in Service:
Baldassaro, Frank A., Pfc, Ordnance, New York
Banks, Stanley B., Sgt, Mechanic, Idaho
Briske, Frederick W., Sgt, Mechanic, Michigan
Carlisle, John E., Pvt, Radio Maintenance, Georgia
Carroll, Byron E., Jr., Corp, Crew Chief, Connecticut
Cunningham, Thomas F., M/Sgt, Radio Maintenance, Pennsylvania
Eliah, Sam P., Sgt, Mechanic, New York
Finn, Albert E., Pfc, Ordnance, Pennsylvania
Gira, John F. M., Sgt, Aircraft Inspector, South Dakota
Henderson, Wallace F., Corp, Radio Maintenance, Maine
Irwin, Harry, Jr., 2nd Lt, Ordnance Officer, California
Lewis, Clinton L., Sgt, Mechanic, Michigan
McCool, Alvis W., Jr., Sgt, Ordnance, Tennessee
Metzger, Frank A., Jr., 1st Lt, Navigator, Indiana
Palmer, Louis, T/Sgt, Radio Maintenance, Pennsylvania
Rogers, Earl C., Sgt, Armament, California
Swarts, Glen W., Sgt, Armament, New York
Twiford, Jack S., Sgt, Armament, Wyoming
Welch, Howard R., Sgt, Armament, New York

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29706 Passion Flower

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Alconbury 25/4/43; 3m, Written off after another aircraft 42-29685 exploded nearby on base 27/5/43, Salvaged. PASSION FLOWER.

  • 42-29804

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/2/43; Gore 28/2/43; Colorado Springs 27/3/43; Dallas 17/5/43; sal 27/5/43; Colorado Springs 25/6/43; Peterson 13/8/43; 325 BU Avon Park 10/11/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/9/45.(One...

  • 42-29808

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Stillwater 8/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-C] Alconbury 15/4/43; [QW-X] Alconbury 12/5/43; 5m, Destroyed Beyond Repair DBR by flying debris after bomb loading accident on 42-29685 14/6/43. Parts salvaged post accident.

  • 42-29833

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Morrison 13/4/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 92BG Alconbury 8/5/43; 412BS, 95BG Alconbury; 27-5-43 Damaged Beyond Repair DBR by debris from exploding 42-29685 bomb load, listed as salvaged n/battle damaged...

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30377 'Rodger the Lodger II'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Carlisle

    Military | Private | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

  • Richard Cavanaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 June 1943 in B-17 #4229693. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Warner Cords

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Cunningham

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured. Cunningham and McCool were working at Horham with the 95th BG/ 412th BS when...

  • Albert Finn

    Military | Private First Class | Ordnance | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed In Service. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B-17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

  • John Gibowicz

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Was hit by shrapnel during bombing run over Germany; plane returned. While he was in the hospital, the plane went on another run but that time did not return.

  • Wallace Henderson

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

  • Gale House

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Frank Imand

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Destroyed in explosion RAF Alconbury 25 May 1943

Blew up at Alconbury 27/5/43 along with 42-29706; 42-29804; 42-29808.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2020 22:48:03 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Corrected a typo in the "Description" - "conflagration" was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 16:08:13 Paul Bellamy Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Loss location corrected from Framlingham to Alconbury.
(Source: 1AD HQ Archive - 92BG records, 95BG records, 1st Bomb Division records)

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 15:44:04 Paul Bellamy Changes to description
Sources

Loss location corrected from Framlingham to Alconbury.
(Source: 1AD HQ Archive - 92BG records, 95BG records, 1st Bomb Division records )

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 18:05:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 10:26:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to markings, description and person associations
Sources

Associated people from MACR 15590 and http://95thbg.org/j3migr/flight-crew-records;

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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