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A/C 43-38819
Aircraft 43-38819, crashed on the field while taking off in a dense fog on a mission to Coblenz, Germany, on Christmas eve. The pilot was Carl Sundbaum. These two photos depict what happens when an aircraft fully loaded with bombs and fuel crashes on takeoff. Miraculously, all but one of the crew managed to escape. The fire fighting equipment and ambulances had difficulty finding the burning aircraft in the dense fog.
A firefighter standing helplessly by as 43-38819 burns.
A/C 43-38844
A squadron of aircraft flying in formation. This group includes 43-38844, 43037826, 44-6509, 44-6961, and 44-8157.
A/C 43-38854
Aircraft 43-38855, Tennessee Toddy, piloted by Sherill R. Williams, was hit by flak while on the bomb run to the airfield at Hopsten, Germany on Mar 24th, 1945. The plane, turned over on it's back, and spun down till the fuselage broke in half. Six members of the crew were killed and three survived as POW's
A/C 43-38855
Three aircraft in flight. The nearset is 43-38855, transferred out of the 457th on May 22nd, 1945 and returned to the USA.
A/C 43-38857
The following is a series of photos of 43-38857 in flight. Perhaps all were taken on the same mission. This aircraft transferred out of the 457th on May 22nd, 1945 and returned to the USA.
Aircraft 43-38847.
Aircraft 43-38847.
Aircraft 43-38847.
Aircraft 43-38847.
A/C 43-38881
Aircraft 43-38881, Ruth Anne, piloted by John E. Godwin, sustained damage over the target at Dresden on Feb 14th, 1945 and made a forced landing on the continent. The crew were all safe and returned to Glatton
Ruth Anne, 43-38881, after nosing up in a landing accident on the field at Glatton on May 12th, 1945. This aircraft never flew again after this date.
Ruth Anne on a cold snowy morning at Glatton airfield.
An illustration of the damage to the nose of Ruth Anne after nosing up in an accident on the field.
Another view of Ruth Anne damage taken at night.
A/C 43-38885
Aircraft 43-38885, Ruthanne (Not to be confused with Ruth Anne mentioned above) survived the war and returned to the USA.
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