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42-30146 was a Boeing B-17F-90-BO Fortress

History

Built as c/n 5260, 42-30146 was assigned to 333rd BS, 94th BG, receiving the name *Down and Go*. During a mission to Warnemunde on 29 July 1943,[1] the aircraft, piloted by Lieutenant Ned Palmer, begun to develop problems soon after take off. Both inner engines failed and pilot was forced to disable them. Crew wanted to drop some bombs on Germany and flew forward. Shortly before target engine number four overheated and pilot had to disable it too.[N 1] Navigator set course on Sweden but plane has landed on Wehrmacht exercise field in Avedore Holme, Denmark. Plane was encircled by German soldiers but crew was able to destroy secret Norden sight. Plane was transported to Kastrup, Denmark and was repaired by Heinkel plants' engineers. After repairs and traditional period of trials in Rechlin, the plane was transfered to KG 200 in Spring 1944 and coded A3+EE, later becoming A3+BB.[2]

On 9 February 1945 the aircraft exploded on takeoff, killing crew and 10 Vichy agents.[1]

References

Notes

  1. USAAF Serial records webpage states the aircraft had been hit by flak.[1]

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