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B-17 #41-24470 / Sons of Fury

Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 22-Aug-42; damaged in taxi accident Westover Fd 26-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action St Nazaire 3-Jan-43. Severely hit by enemy aircraft, ditched into the English Channel off Brest peninsula. 10KIA MACR 16427.

Details 41-24470 / Sons of Fury

A tailgunner from another B-17 witnessed the events.

The damaged aircraft made a perfect water landing off the coast of the Brest peninsula. Enemy fighters attacked the helpless crew in the water. As the Fortress sank in the sea Arizona Harris – manning the top turret – continued to fire at the attacking fighters to save his crew. His twin guns were firing as the waves closed over the top of the turret. All ten crewmen perished. Arizona Harris received the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.

Crew 41-24470 / Sons of Fury

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTCharles W. B. CranmerKIA
CP2LTAlbert BrunstingKIA
BOMB1LTJohn G. ReedKIA
ENG/TTT/SGTArizona T. HarrisKIAPosthumous DSC
ROT/SGTKermit J. ConstantineKIA
BTS/SGTWilliam MusickKIA
WGSGTRobert RansomKIA
WG---Charles S. Wall, Jr.KIA
TGSGTEdgar G. WhittakerKIA

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