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USAAF B-17 Crash-Landing at Manston. 14th July 1943
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 13:38:48 »
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress # 42-3211 MS-O 'Tough Sh*t' of the 535th Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, US Army Air Force, based at Ridgewell Essex.
Pilot Edwin R Manchester.

On the 14th July 1943 the group took part in a bombing mission against the German airfield at Amiens-Glisy in France.
After dropping its bombs 42-3211 came under attack by a FW 190. In the nose Lt Robert C Black returned fire. The enemy aircraft smashed into the B-17s right wing between the inner engine and the fuselage, leaving pieces jammed into the bomb bay. The fighter continued on over the wing, doubled up the right waist gun and slightly damaged the right horizontal stabilizer before falling away. Remarkable not one crew member was injured.

Escorted by P-47 Thunderbolts to keep off marauding enemy fighters, the badly damaged aircraft made a belly landing at Manston. Beyond economic repair it was broken up for salvage and spares.



Photo IWM http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/6274 Licensed under CC-BY-NC 3.0

14/7/43 coll with FW 190 with Ed Manchester, Co-pilot: Bob Weniger, Navigator: Marvin Smith, Bombardier: Bob Black, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim O'Donnell, Radio Operator: Lorenzo Darrington, Ball turret gunner: Art Tucker, Waist gunner: Bob Harriman, Waist gunner: Tony Budzic, Tail gunner: Wade McCook (10 returned to duty); crash landed RAF Manston, Kent, UK. Salvaged {4=M} used for salvage and spares.
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