B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-39137

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  • RCL: N8-H

History of
B-17 43-39137

Delivered Lincoln 10/12/44; Dow Fd 18/12/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-H] Nuthampstead 29/1/45; landed in field Gt Chishill, Essex in night operation with Allan Ferguson 5/2/45; rep. by 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton & ret. Group 25/4/45; RAF Valley 2/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45; 613 BU Phillips, Aberdeen, Ma 6/3/46.

Last updated: 6. February 2021


B-17 43-39137 Details

Twelve rockets mounted beneath the wings of a B-17 Flying Fortress of the US 8th Air Force aid this crash landed plane to make a take-off short enough to clear obstacles at the end of a small ploughed English field. Fences and trees at one end of the field, located in a valley between two hills, offered extreme danger to the pilot, who successfully cleared them on the short take-off. The noval and successful experiment was conduced by Capt. Richard G. Holub, for bombers which crash-landed away from sizeable air strip.

After rolling only 3372 feet, half the distance it would take without the 12 rockets mounted beneath the wings. This Boeing B-17 had originally been forced, because of flak damage over enemy territory, to land on a small ploughed English field with fences and trees offering extreme danger to the pilot.


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