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Details requested about a B17.

Discussion in '91st BG - Bassingbourn' started by Alex Smart, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Details wanted of a 91st BG, 322nd BS B17.
    Namely details of 43-38306 - "The Biggest Bird" "LG- B".
    Damaged on a raid to Pilsen it was force landed on an Emergancy airfield in friendly territory on the Continent on 25/04/1945 and was abandoned.
    No MACR as it came down in friendly territory. Also seems that there is NO Accident report as there is no mention of it in the AAIR lists.
    The a/c is mentioned in the Joe Baugher lists and also in " Heavy Bombers of the Mighty Eighth" page 20.
    Many thanks
  2. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member


    Pilsen A/F - 25 April 1945
    Primary Target: Pilsen A/F

    852 Lt. Col. Sheeler
    792 Lt. Mathers
    901 Lt. Wrighter
    308 Lt. Wilson
    596 Lt. Kranch
    088 Lt. Smith
    591 Lt. Snipes
    095 Lt. Hansen
    036 Lt. Barnsley
    790 Lt. Schone
    306 Lt. Marlow
    755 Lt. Naylor

    REMARKS: Lt. Col. Sheeler, with Capt. Schroeder as
    his co-pilot, flew in the lead A/c as group air
    commander. The airfield just SW of Pilsen was bombed
    visually. Results for the lead and low squadrons were
    unobserved but the high squadron strike photographs
    showed good results. Moderate but very accurate flak
    was encountered over the target just before bomb run
    for about three minutes, resulting in minor damage to
    13 A/C and major damage to 11 A/C. Lt. Wilks,
    navigator on Lt. Schone’s crew, was hit by flak in the
    right thigh. Lt. Marlow flying A/C #306 was forced to
    land on the continent due to damage from flak over the


    Also from Osborne's Fort Log:

    43-38306 Del Cheyenne 19/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Ass 322BS/91BG [LG-B] Bassingbourn 18/8/44; taxi accident with 44-6578 w/Dudley Mathers 4/4/45; THE BIGGEST BIRD

    As this was the very last combat mission flown by the 91st BG they probably were not to concerned about leaving this a/c behind!
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2017
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  3. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Many thanks,


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