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  • Alan Clark
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2005
    • 817

    #21
    Should also have mentioned that 44-6005 was written off as the result of a fire while on the ground at Chelveston on the 11th August 1944.
    Peak District Air Accident Research

    www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk

    Aircraft Wrecks: The Walker's Guide

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    • lankytim
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Dec 2005
      • 106

      #22
      Thanks for that. I can imagine that information, especially in written form can often be taken as "gospel" by researchers and as you say the error can be purpetuated over and over again.

      Time to change all the little labels I have on the pieces of wreckage from 44-8639!

      Do you know if there are any pictures online of the aircraft or crew?

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      • Bomberboy
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Nov 2004
        • 854

        #23
        Originally posted by Anon View Post
        The piece in the third pic could be a tank strap
        See my post #10.
        Originally posted by Anon View Post
        or maybe even the attachment bracket for an aircrewmans shoulder straps to a bulkhead or similar strongpoint.
        Anon.
        It's deffo not the latter.

        I Like your mic call though and if it's not that then it's a headset jack plug.

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        • Alan Clark
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2005
          • 817

          #24
          I've come across photos of a couple of the crew / passengers online.

          There is a photo of John D. Leasure on the 351st BG website, which kind of confirms it is one of the same.

          On the Boston College Veterans Memorial site there's a photo of Edwin R. Birtwell, and that site states he died in Wales.

          There is a photo of a Max Marksheid on another site which lists personnel on a training course for pilots, though it could have been elementary flying training and he maybe failed the course so was re-mustered as a radio operator (that happened to my grand-dad so it did happen).

          And finally on Ancestry there is a photo of a Boyd P. Dobbs in what appears to be a USAAF uniform, so it is probably the same person.

          You'll find them if you run an image search for the full names.
          Peak District Air Accident Research

          www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk

          Aircraft Wrecks: The Walker's Guide

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          • lankytim
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Dec 2005
            • 106

            #25
            Thanks Alan, much to look at there!

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            • T-21
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jun 2007
              • 1323

              #26
              B-17G 44-8639 was assigned to the 305thBG at Chelveston 10/2/45 transferred to the 351BG Polebrook 23/5/45,crashed Barmouth salvaged 8/6/45 from Craif Cwm Llydd mountain. Pilot was 1/Lt Joseph C. Robinson of the 509th Bomb Squadron.
              Fly with the eagles,or scratch with the chickens.

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