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B17 43-37608 Chute The Works

Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by Biak, May 5, 2021.

  1. Biak

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    I'm trying to find pictures and info on this B17. A friends father flew as tail gunner on it in the summer of 1944. It crashed shortly after he was relieved from duty and returned home.
    I have found three "Chute the Works " including a B24 but very little on this particular plane. The American air museum has a good article but that's about it. Any help would be appreciated !

    43-37608 | American Air Museum in Britain
     
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    Thanks guys! I've dug through the AFHRA but No Joy.

    CAC, can you verify the AC# number on the photo with A-65603A in the corner? I'll show the picture to one of his daughters tomorrow because the guy on the left bares a striking resemblance to a picture I have of her Dad. If he IS in that picture I'll send you a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon ! Or something' :D

    I guess I should have explained more (I'm one fingering the keyboard on the tablet) the B17 that is a crumbled mess that crashed is the only picture we can find of the one my friends Dad flew in.
    I've found three Chute The Works, one was a B24 with the 447BG, and one "might" be the replacement B17 for 43-37608 ? They have a picture a researcher sent along with his mission assignments and dates but the picture is actually misidentified and is 43-4066.
    He was an original crew member - tail gunner. Flew over in (March/May 1944 ?) He completed his 25 missions, was relieved of flight duties, and before he left for home heard his plane had crashed.


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    Well I did find it's not easy posting after driving 11 hours back to the homestead. Two weeks in Ill-Annoy and several rounds of golf takes a lot out of an old man.
    I pulled up the link to the picture CAC posted and that's the third Chute The Works !! So can't be him standing there. The search continues.
     
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    Have you looked at this website? I'm sure you've already seen it, but I found it informative.
    "Chute The Works'
     
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    Yep but thanks for looking.
    I know it's a long shot trying to find a picture but maybe a family member will stumble across the post looking for the 337th sqd of the 96BG and have that "one and only" shot.
     

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