B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 41-24494

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 41-24494

Manufacturer:
Boeing

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History of
B-17 41-24494

Assigned to 306BG/367BS at Westover 16-Aug-1942; Thurleigh 13-October-1942. 9-Nov-42 despatched on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France it was damaged by flak. Upon return it landed at Portreath, over-ran the runway, overran a dirt berm and crashed into a field. The Navigator 2Lt William L. Eubank was thrown through the nose but was only shaken up. The Bombardier 1Lt William P. Erickson was KIA by flak over the target. The aircraft was salvaged on 12-November-1942.

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B-17 41-24494 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P MAJ Harry Holt RTD
CP 1LT Ralph J. Gaston RTD
BOMB 1LT William P. Erickson KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Lester D. Quant RTD
RO T/SGT John D. Jones RTD
BT S/SGT Percy C. Bolinger RTD
WG S/SGT Albert J. Conte RTD
WG SGT E. E. Kennedy RTD
TG SGT Rudolph C. Garcia RTD

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