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B-17F-BO*

*blocks 90/115, s/n 42-30XXX . This plane has sometimes been identified as a reconverted YB-40 Vega airframe, however it is a later Boeing airframe from 2Q43 or early 3Q43. TBC

Pictuer taken Circa November 1943 Theodore R Thurston bottom on the left of guy with the dog.
Do not know who the ground crew are.
I believe the rest of the crew is, "Names not in order"
Pilot: Winston James Tucker, Co-pilot: Carl R Carlson, Flight engineer/Top turret gunner: Richard Hanson Bragdon, Waist gunner: Cloe Redford Crutchfield, Tail gunner: Robert K Gailey, Bombardier/Toggler: Thomas Keith Johnson, Waist gunner: Lewis Arthur Kuhnz, Navigator: Joseph Barth Liebman, Radio operator/Gunner: David Blaine Stewart, Bombadier: Thomas K Thompson Sr, Ball turret gunner: Theodore R Thurston.

Connections

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bragdon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Carlson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cloe Crutchfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Shot down on 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30000. Evaded (EVD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Gailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: SS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lewis Kuhnz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Liebman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David Stewart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Theodore Thurston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2020 06:30:21 RandyJustice1 Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

AAM

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 21:44:10 phil marchese Changes to caption
Sources

BLOCK INFORMATION via
Marchese; FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945.
(This plane has sometimes been identified as a reconverted YB-40 Vega airframe, however it is a later Boeing airframe from 2Q43 or early 3Q43.

Offical photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2020 21:35:10 RandyJustice1 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Family pictures my uncles collection

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