Rare shot of Cap'n Crow 238053. This ship had a tragic ending. This 349th aircraft flow by the Ralph W. Wright crew was one of 23 planes of the 100th, which took off from Thorpe Abbotts between 0550 and 0600 hours May 7, 1944 to take part in the 8th AAF mission to Berlin. The group formed over the base at 0655 hours, and 42-38053 apparently crashed around 0713 hours. The aircraft was flying in formation and was approaching the English coastline when several dozen flares stored in the top turret suddenly began to explode--cause undetermined-- and set fire to the entire front of the plane. Five of the crew were KIA. Wright crew information.
|MACR:||SQUADRONS:|| 349 XR-G
1943-11-29 Accepted into Inventory
1944-01-20 Assigned to UK
1944-05-07 TOA - Mechanical - Herringfleet Hall, UK - 2Lt Ral
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