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42-29944

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Gore 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-E] Molesworth 9/6/43; secret mission to North Africa 16/8/43 ret 23/8/43; battle damaged T/Ops 6/9/43 with Jake James, Co-pilot: Howard Ness, Navigator: Paul Scoggins, Bombardier: Walter Witt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Watts, Radio Operator: Albt Martell, Ball turret gunner: Angelo Longo, Waist gunner: A.J. Hamilton, Waist gunner: Frank Misiak, Tail gunner: Jesse Tripp, pass-Frank Schersschel, Life Magazine correspondent; crash landed RAF Deanland, near West Malling, Kent, UK; (11 Returned to Duty) Salvaged 7/9/43. BUZZIN’ BRONCO aka WINNING RUN.

Details about the emergency landing from http://www.303rdbg.com/427james.html : ”Crew Incident: 06 September 1943, Mission #67 to Stuttgart, Germany in B-17F #42-29944 Winning Run aka Buzzing Bronco (427th BS) GN-E. It became apparent when reaching the French coast, on the return journey, that many of the B-17s were low on gas. Ten of the nineteen 303rd BG(H) B-17s landed at bases other than Molesworth to refuel. Captain Jacob C. "Jake" James, Pilot of Winning Run made a wheel's up crash-landing on a small British Fighter practice landing airfield at Deanland (near Uckland), England with all four engines dead due to lack of fuel. He was forced to take instant evasive action to miss another Fortress making an emergency landing on an intersecting runway. The aircraft was a total loss and three crewmen sustained slight injuries as a result of the crash. A passenger on the flight was Life Magazine War Correspondent Frank T. Scherschel. His story of the crash landing "Any landing you walk away from is a good one" appeared in the 12 October 1943 issue of Life Magazine.
Note : The LIFE magazine article is on-line at http://books.google.be/books?id=MlcEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=fr#v... :
The issue is dated October 11, 1943. It starts at page 74 and ends on page 82. It has other pictures of the crash.

Service

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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • A Hamilton

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Jacob James

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Angelo Longo

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run', a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Albert Martell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Frank Misiak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Frank Misiak flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash-landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 September 1943. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17s were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular...

  • Howard Ness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Frank Scherschel

    Civilian | passenger; Life Magazine reporter | 303rd Bomb Group
    Wrote Life article after he flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19.

  • Paul Scoggins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

  • Paul Scroggins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Jesse Tripp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Winning Run' a B-17 that crash landed after all 4 engines gave out, while returning from raid on Stuttgart on 6 Sept 43. It ran out of fuel. Many of the other B-17's were low on fuel that day, 10 out of 19. This particular plane was written up...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2020 20:56:06 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2017 19:48:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Re-Aligned picture associations confused with 42-29994

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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