Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 43-38856 of the 534th Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bombardment Group, flew into the southern side of North Barrule on the 23rd April 1945.
The aircraft was on a ferry flight from Ridgewell in Esssex to Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland with a normal ferry crew and a large number of passengers. These passengers were additional aircrew and ground crew travelling to Northern Ireland for a short period of leave. The aircraft was on course flying in low cloud when it crossed the coast of the Isle of Man. Shortly after the aircraft passed over Glen Mona and Corrany before flying into the steep southern slope of North Barrule about 200ft short of the summit of the hill. The aircraft disintegrated with most of the airframe being consumed by fire. The crash killed all 31 crew and passengers on the aircraft.
This was the second accident on the island involving a B-17 in less than 10 days, the previous accident also detailed on this site.
|Crew / Passengers||Rank - if applicable||Position e.g. Pilot||Status|
|Charles Earl Ackerman Jr||Captain||Pilot||Killed|
|Edwin Augustus Hutcheson Jr||Flight Officer||Co-pilot||Killed|
|Martin Matyas||1st Lieutenant||Navigator||Killed|
|John Philip Fedak||1st Lieutenant||Bombardier||Killed|
|Wayne Wendell Hart||1st Lieutenant||Air Observer||Killed|
|David Howard Lindon||Technical Sergeant||Flight Engineer||Killed|
|Wesley Malcolm Hagen||Technical Sergeant||Radio Operator||Killed|
|Earl Graham Ammerman||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|Edward Gene Bailey||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|Andrew Robertson Barbour||Private||Passenger||Killed|
|Thomas Peter Flaherty||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|William Everett Geist||Technical Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Edward Gelman||Master Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Ralph Laverne Gibbs||Staff Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Joseph Lee Grey||Technical Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Herbert Clarence Gupton Jr||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|Irvin Russell Hargraves||Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|James Maxon Hinkle||1st Lieutenant||Passenger||Killed|
|Michael Joseph Kakos Jr||Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Wayne Kenneth Manes||Staff Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Jose Maximinio Martinez||Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Alfred Mares Mata||Staff Sergeant||Passenger (Air Gunner)||Killed|
|Leslie Howe Maxwell||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|Walter Alexander McCullough||T/5||Passenger||Killed|
|Lawrence Edward McGhehey||1st Lieutenant||Passenger||Killed|
|Andrew Piter Jr||T/4||Passenger||Killed|
|Angelo Quagliariello||Private First Class||Passenger||Killed|
|Merle Morran Ramsowr||Corporal||Passenger||Killed|
|Joseph William Sullivan||Technical Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
|Edwin Charles Ullman||Sergeant||Passenger||Killed|
Above is a view of part of the crash site where a memorial was erected to the 31 servicemen who lost their lives in this one accident on North Barrule.
A close up of the plaque at the crash site of 43-38856.
Not far from the memorial is this pit containing numerous fragments from the aircraft.
Of the 31 crew and passengers on the aircraft when it crash 8 were subsequently buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery. Below are photographs of their graves.
Captain Charles E. Ackerman, Pilot.
Technical Sergeant Wesley M. Hagen, Radio Operator.
Private Andrew R. Barbour, Passenger.
Master Sergeant Edward Z. Gelman, Passenger.
Private First Class Angelo Quagliariello, Passenger.
Corporal Merle L. Ramsowr, Passenger.
Corporal Harry Super, Passenger.
Sergeant Edwin C. Ullmann, Passenger.