Saturday, 14 April 2018
B-17G 44-8422 'Duffys Tavern ' station 107 8th airforce base Molesworth ,Cambridge , England, 303rd,"Hell's Angels," B-17 Bomb Group .
Which exploded above the town on the 11 November 1944 during a mission to bomb an oil installation at Gelsenkirchen Germany ,the bomber was climbing to 18.000ft and the crew had just removed the safety pins when waist gunner Sgt Robert Sorenson noticed a fire by engine number 1 before he could call the pilot the bomber flipped over and exploded at around 14.000ft remains were thrown over a radius of 4 miles but miraculously Sgt Sorenson and engineer Sgt Dwight Phillips survived though badly wounded,one large part of forward fuselage and wing landed in the street outside Wenlocks post office luckily no one was hurt , the center section fell onto the B4378 by Westwood farm Bourton
In the guildhall Wenlock is this memorial clock to the airmen killed in local crashes during WW2 [sorry camera fault ]
Crew lost in Duffy Tavern =
Lt.Paul C Stephan [Pilot]
2 Lt John R. Clingler
F/O Harold G Lewis
Sgt.Thomas W. Tapley
T/Sgt.Raymond R. Ladurini
Sgt.Stanton W. Keyes and
S/Sgt.Edgar P. Harris, Jr.
Sgt Robert J Sorensen
Sgt Dwiight A Phillips
Friday, 13 April 2018
Oxford MP299 flying from HMS Godwit , RNAS Hinstock , Shropshire on the 2nd Jan,1944 Lt Cdr J.C.V.K.Watson RNVR , Sub Lt R.C.Reeder RNVR
the plane impacted in the area in the first picture but as its now in the grounds of a golf course i didn't have a nose for any parts that may remain i then went to Hinstock to find Lt Watsons grave
Sunday, 8 April 2018
Again private ground but there is a shallow cratered area at the given position ?
Even though I didn't find any remains of the plane due to being on private estate grounds just off a permissive path I did find signs of the damage the plane made hitting the trees and an area showing indications of a fire