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Goswick Bay

Crash site

Detailed history

B- 17 Flying Fortress 42-30030 known as Old Ironsides of the 560th Squadron,388th Bomb Group ditched 0.5 miles south of the Inner Farne, following mechanical failure, returning from a raid near La Rochelle in September 1943

Two members of the crew were killed in the crash, while the others managed to escape the sinking aircraft.

The wreck of the aircraft was dragged ashore by local fishermen on the Black Rocks, and can sometimes be seen at low tide.

Historic environment record reference number

NU 04 NE 22



  • Robert Blankenburg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator Gunner, Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30030 'Old Ironsides'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. ...

  • Wilbur Quinn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 9-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30214 'Iza Angel II'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3141 Awards: PH.


  • 42-30030 Old Ironsides

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; transferred 2 SAD Lt Staughton 31/7/43 then 560BS/388BG. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...


Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 16:25:48 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, historic environment record reference number, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Historic England National Monument Record number NU 04 NE 22


Aircraft Record for 42-30030