B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38633

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  • RCL: FO-F

MACR: 12294


History of
B-17 43-38633

Delivered Cheyenne 27/8/44; Hunter 17/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned: 527BS/379BG [FO-F] Kimbolton 2/1/45; battle damage Cologne 28/1/45 Pilot: ‘; crash-landed Woodbridge ALG, UK w/pilot only, rest of crew bailed over enemy territory; Salvaged.

Last updated: 22. June 2023


B-17 43-38633 Details

A/A was moderate and accurate. Aircraft hit by flak at target, knocking out #3 engine and setting #3 feeded tank on fire. Fire spread over wing and stabilizer.

Pilot’s Statement

We were hit at the target by flak which knocked out #3 engine. I don’t know exactly what it was that started the fire which started in the #3 feeder tank but I tried diving the aircraft to put the fire out. I was unsuccessful in doing so. After the dive I slowed the plane down and told the crew to bail out. This was about fifteen or twenty minutes after the target. I kept losing altitude but was able to maintain an airspeed of 170 mph. When I got down to 10000 feet I found that I could hold my altitude so I stayed at 10000 feet and followed the bomber column around, cutting inside of them a little so that I could keep then in sight. I couldn’t feather #3 but it finally froze and the prop broke loose from the engine. When I got almost to the coast I got a few accurate bursts of flak. By this time it looked as though the fire was out and I came on out across the Channel. I called air-sea rescue and they sent a P-47 out to flying me in. The P-47 took me to Woodbridge where I landed.

Newton W. Kerr
2nd Lt., Pilot, Air Corps

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B-17 43-38633 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Newton W. Kerr RTD
CP 2LT Harry D. Kinder POW
ENG/TT SGT Andrew J. Haecheel POW
RO SGT John B. Petraitis KIA
BT SGT George P. Weiner POW
WG SGT Joseph L. Marsico POW
TG S/SGT John E. Ingram POW
TOG SGT Carl L. Funderburg POW

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