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
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.
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
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.
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...