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Identity of B-17G lost near Caen, 8 August 1944

Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by Swiper, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Swiper

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    Trying to ascertain the identity of a B-17G lost during 8 August 1944:

    From 116 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment's War Diary


    8th August – RHQ to 916578. 381 Battery to 916578, 1335 hours Fortress dropped 6 bombs 926540 [200m or so west of La Place] and crashed 1-2 miles.

    The record is pretty brief to say the least and there is no mention of chutes etc, while the release of bombs at 1335 indicate (to me at least) the crew are still onboard. This initially led me to Chowhound from
    [SIZE=11pt]332 Bomber Squadron 91st Bomber Group - however this crashed near Lonlay l'Abbaye - around over thirty miles to the south - thus leading me to feel I'd made 2+2 = 5.

    According to Eigth Air Force Historical Society, eight B-17G were lost on that raid so I wondered if anyone had any idea which aircraft went down around (probably) within 2 miles of Landes-sur-Ajon.

    Any thoughts?[/SIZE]
     
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    The first one ("Dam Yankee") is stated as coming down around 13:10 - close to Caen

    but then I looked further down the list for that day and found the second one ("Chow Hound") which came down close to Lonlay- L'Abbaye but no time given

    According to their page for the day 08/08/1944 - there were 7 B - 17's lost that day
    http://francecrashes39-45.net/rech_avion.php

    Hope the last page helps the head scratching
    TD

    edited to add
    Open the link and in date block type in (or copy this) 08/08/1944
     
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    Having trawled through all seven, seems Dam Yankee is the most likely contender by far.

    Excellent find (and cracking site).
     
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    Yes its a very good site - if you need help with the French - contact me via either site

    TD
     

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