CAF members were pleased to be able to support the recent 75th anniversary memorial service at the B17 crash site in Woodend Northamptonshire.
This site is in a remote area of the countryside, and seldom visited , as it is a bit out of the way.
B17 Tail No 231053 "Stingy"
It was Assigned to the 338BS/96BG [BX-W] flying from Snetterton 29/9/43; while on a training mission over Northamptonshire was damaged in mid air coll with 43-37684 (96BG) 11/10/44, with Nick Jorgenson, Co-pilot: Dave Fritsch, Navigator: Ralph Harrison, Bombardier: Tom Hooper, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Frogner, Radio Operator: Paul Worthington, Ball turret gunner: Howard Raab (7 Killed in Service); fuselage broke in half and crashed Woodend, near Towcester, Northamptonshire UK. Salvaged 11/10/44. STINGY. (named by M/Gen Fred Anderson, CO of 8thBC, for his son).
The memorial at Woodend was inaugurated in 2011, as a lasting ,memorial to these brave crews who perished at that site in 1944, defending our freedom.
In 2019 , marking the 75th anniversary of the crash, where these brave airmen perished. members of the local community, military veterans, aviation enthusiasts, museum volunteers and military vehicle enthusiasts gathered at the site to pay respects and remember the fallen, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WW2. For further information on the WW2 collision including detailed accounts of the wartime incident involving 3 B17's over Northamptonshire visit the American Air Museum in Britain site, administered by the Imperial War museum- www.americanairmuseum.com/person/167566 which details the accounts from 2Lt Nicholas Jorgensen who was the Pilot of "Stingy". Relics recovered from the crash site, by aviation archaeologists can be viewed at Sywell Aviation Museum Northampton. www.sywellaviationmuseum.org.uk/ . They shall not be forgotten- We Will Remember them.
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The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a 501 (c) 3 Texas non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. The organization's headquarters offices are based in Dallas, Texas, at Dallas Executive Airport. At this time the organization has more than 11,000 members and has a fleet of more than 175 World War II aircraft. CAF United Kingdom is a UK based branch of the Worldwide CAF organisation.
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