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42-102937

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/4/44; Kearney 16/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned to the 412th Bomb Squadron/95th Bomb Group as [QW-E]. Based at Horham 30/5/44; non-operation crash, pilot given permission to land at Duxford airfield, UK 19/7/44, to pick up others. When pilot buzzed tower but clipped a warning beacon, it rolled over on its back and hit an 83rd Fighter Squadron barrack; with Jim Sasser, Co-pilot: Vic Mintz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Bradburn, Radio Operator: Jim Heil; the rest were 78th Fighter Group personnel; Lt Martin Smith, Lt John Putnam, ncos-Wilbur Edwards, Don French, John Gorman, John Hamilton, Tony Loguidice, Ellsworth Seecz, Frank Wojicki, Ernie Taylor (total 14 men Killed in Service); ncos-Ray Robertson, Oscar Severson (2 Wounded In Service); Salvaged 21/7/44. READY FREDDIE.

Account of the July accident: http://blogs.iwm.org.uk/historic-duxford/
Further information on the crash: http://www.ulongbeach.com/B17_Crash_Sasser.html

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Bradburn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Wilbur Edwards

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | PS | 79th Service Group
    Assigned to 84th Service Squadron, 79th Service Group, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB) ...

  • Donald French

    Military | Staff Sergeant | PS | 79th Service Group
    Assigned to 84th Service Squadron, 79th Service Group, 8AF USAAF. Plane crashed at Duxford airfield. Killed in Service (KIS) Awards: PH.

  • John Gorman

    Military | Other | Tec5
    Assigned to 1671st Ordnance Supply & Maintenance Company, 66FW, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • John Hamilton

    Military | Corporal | PS
    Assigned to 23rd Station Complement Squadron, 66FW, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: PH.

  • James Heil

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Anthony Loguidice

    Military | Corporal | Transportation Section | 84th Service Group
    Assigned to 84th Service Group, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight from Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Killed in Service (KIS). ...

  • Victor Mintz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • John Putnam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78BG, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; pilot clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB). Awards: PH.

  • James Sasser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Non operational flight to Duxford in B-17 42-102937 'Ready Freddie'; clipped control tower beacon, lost control and crashed into barracks building. Died non Battle (DNB) Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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Places

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Location of destroyed barracks 19 July 1944

non-operation crash, pilot given permission to land at Duxford airfield 19/7/44, to pick up others. When pilot buzzed tower but clipped a warning beacon, it rolled over on its back and hit an 83rd Fighter Squadron barrack.

Salvaged Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 21 July 1944

Salvaged 21/7/44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 13:09:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 11:01:11 Carl Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Location of crash source - Duxford Diary, 1944

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 10:55:24 Carl Changes to person associations
Sources

List of men killed in the crash - source: Records of 78th Fighter Group USAAF at Duxford, 1943 - 1945 (IWM Documents.10395 - http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030010237 )

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 16:28:42 Carl Changes to description
Sources

Account of loss of 'Ready Freddie' ( http://blogs.iwm.org.uk/historic-duxford/ ) taken from Records of 78th Fighter Group USAAF at Duxford, 1943 - 1945 (IWM Documents.10395 - http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030010237 )

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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