Crash site of Boeing B-17 41-9098 on Craig Berwyn, Cadair Berwyn, Powys

11th August 1942
B-17E 41-9098
97th BG, USAAF
Cadair Berwyn, Powys

The aircraft took off from Polebrook at 10:30 for cross country flight to Burtonwood, it was expected to arrive around 11:00. At 14:00 the aircraft was reported overdue, shortly afterwards … Continue reading “1942-08-11|B-17E|41-9098|97th BG, USAAF|Cadair Berwyn, Powys”

The view from the crash site of B-17 41-9051 on Skiddaw towards Keswick

14th September 1943
B-17E 41-9051
482nd BG, USAAF
Skiddaw, Keswick

The crew were on a cross country navigation flight from Alconbury, near Huntingdon, to RAF Turnhouse on the edge of Edinburgh (currently the city’s airport). The accident investigators suggested that … Continue reading “1943-09-14|B-17E|41-9051|482nd BG, USAAF|Skiddaw, Keswick”

Memorial near the crash site of Boeing B-17G 43-37776 at Nailstone, Leicestershire

27th September 1944
B-17G 43-37776
490th BG, USAAF
Nailstone, Leicestershire

* 83rd Station Complement Squadron # Army Air Corps Of the crew and passengers 5 were subsequently buried at Cambridge American Cemetery.

Crash site of B-17G 42-97286 on Beinn Nuis, Isle of Arran

10th December 1944
B-17G 42-97286
388th BG, USAAF
Beinn Nuis, Isle of Arran

In the crash report there are three versions of the crew list which contradict each other so the above may not be entirely correct. The crew of the aircraft were … Continue reading “1944-12-10|B-17G|42-97286|388th BG, USAAF|Beinn Nuis, Isle of Arran”

Memorial at the crash site of Boeing B-17G 43-38944 on Birchenough Hill, Wildboarclough, Cheshire

2nd January 1945
B-17G 43-38944
398th BG, USAAF
Birchenough Hill, Wildboarclough

1st Lt De Cleene and the crew flying with him were all from the 398th and had flown over to Burtonwood to collect a new replacement aircraft for one which … Continue reading “1945-01-02|B-17G|43-38944|398th BG, USAAF|Birchenough Hill, Wildboarclough”

Crash site of B-17G 44-83325 on Beinn Edra, Isle of Skye

3rd March 1945
B-17G 44-83325
Beinn Edra

B-17 44-83325 was a newly built aircraft, having come off the production line at the Douglas aircraft factory in Long Beach, California. It was being ferried across the Atlantic before … Continue reading “1945-03-03|B-17G|44-83325|USAAF|Beinn Edra”

Crash site of Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 43-37667 on Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire

6th April 1945
B-17G 43-37667
447th BG, USAAF
Meltham Moor, Marsden

The aircraft was on a test flight to put hours onto new engines which had been fitted to the aircraft. The flight was from Rattlesden near Stowmarket in Suffolk.  The … Continue reading “1945-04-06|B-17G|43-37667|447th BG, USAAF|Meltham Moor, Marsden”

Crash site of Boeing B-17G 42-37840 near Port St Mary, Isle of Man

14th April 1945
B-17G 42-37840
306th BG, USAAF
The Chasms, Cregneash

The crew of the aircraft were flying the aircraft from Thurleigh in Bedfordshire to Langford Lodge in Co. Antrim where they were dropping off their passengers. The route to Langford … Continue reading “1945-04-14|B-17G|42-37840|306th BG, USAAF|The Chasms, Cregneash”

Memorial at the crash site of Boeing B-17G 43-38856 on North Barrule, Isle of Man

23rd April 1945
B-17G 43-38856
381st BG, USAAF
North Barrule, Maughold

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 … Continue reading “1945-04-23|B-17G|43-38856|381st BG, USAAF|North Barrule, Maughold”

Wreckage below the crash site of B-17G 44-8683 on Greath Whernside, North Yorkshire.

17th May 1945
B-17G 44-8683
388th BG, USAAF
Great Whernside, North Yorkshire

Following the end of the war in Europe many units were winding down or in some cases preparing to move to the Far East where the war was continuing against … Continue reading “1945-05-17|B-17G|44-8683|388th BG, USAAF|Great Whernside, North Yorkshire”

Memorial plaque below the crash site of B-17 44-8639 on Craig Cwm Llwyd, Copyright - Peak District Air Accident Research

8th June 1945
B-17G 44-8639
351st BG, USAAF
Craig Cwm Llwyd, Gwynedd

Following the end of conflict in Europe US Forces began to return home, some as their period of service came to an end and others in preparation for the expected … Continue reading “1945-06-08|B-17G|44-8639|351st BG, USAAF|Craig Cwm Llwyd, Gwynedd”