(SECRET)(1944-2016) Lady Jeannette – B-17G #42-97904

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A series of articles, laying out the true events behind the creation of : The Best Kept Secret Of World War Two. In December 1945, when it became known that Gen George S. Patton had told his staff he was quitting the Army so he could speak freely and after New Years 1946 he was going to tell the American public the truth about what those who were attempting to destroy him had done. He was positive, once that truth was known, he could live freely and it was their careers that would be destroyed. A series of day by day articles beginning on Nov 9 2015, which is the 71st anniversary of the crash of the Lady Jeannette, B-17G, SN : 42-97904 (November 9 1944). I will describe the shooting down and the crash of two American bombers in France. One was the Lady Jeannette, the other, a top secret B-24J which was flying a top secret night mission while attached to the top secret 100th Group Royal Air Force. The B-24J also crashed in France, early on the morning of Nov 10 1944, 138 miles from the crash site of the Lady Jeannette.

Crew Members #42-97904
2/Lt Joseph F. Harms, Bombardier, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), New York, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
T/Sgt Russell W. Gustafson, Flight Engineer, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), New York, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
1/Lt Daniel J. Gott, Pilot, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Oklahoma, USA
Medal of Honor, Air Medal, Purple Heart
2/Lt William E. Metzger Jr, Copilot, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Ohio, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart, Medal of Honor
2/Lt John A. Harland, Navigator, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Illinois, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
T/Sgt Robert A. Dunlap, Radio Operator, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF, (Heavy), California, USA
Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
S/Sgt James O. Fross, Belly Gunner, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Texas, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
S/Sgt William R. Robbins, Gunner, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Massachusetts, USA
Air Medal
S/Sgt Herman B. Krimminger, Tail Gunner, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), NC, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart

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B-17 Bomber Year & Serial (1941)

Here's a fun tribute to the brave airmen of the US Army Air Forces during World War 2 with Elizabeth. The US Army Air Force was the air power might of World War 2, dropping millions of pounds of ordnance over Europe and Japan and changing the tide of the war. Elizabeth is wearing an enlisted Class A uniform and crusher cap, behind her is the famed Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress. Model: Elizabeth Photographer: Britt Dietz © Dietz Dolls: [link]

Here’s a nice Tribute to the Brave Airmen of the WW-2 USAAF
The USAAF was the air power might of World War 2, dropping millions of pounds of ordnance over Europe and Japan and changing the tide of the war. Elizabeth is wearing an enlisted Class A uniform and crusher cap, behind her is the famed Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress.
(Source = Model : Elizabeth; Photographer : Britt Dietz © Dietz Dolls dietzdolls.com)

B-17G Specifications
First flight : July 28, 1935 (prototype)
Model number : 299
Classification : Bomber
Span : 103 feet 9 inches
Length : 74 feet 9 inches
Gross weight : 65,000 pounds
Top speed : 287 mph
Cruising speed : 150 mph
Range (max.) : 3,750 miles
Ceiling : 35,600 feet
Power : Four 1200-horsepower Wright R-1820-97 engines
Accommodation : 2 pilots, bombardier, radio-operator, 5 gunners
Armament : 11 to 13 machine guns, 9,600-pound bomb load

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B-17 Bomber Year & Serial (1940)

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The B-17 went through several alterations in each of its design stages and variants. Of the 13 YB-17s ordered for service testing, 12 were used by the 2nd Bomb Group of Langley Field, Virginia, to develop heavy bombing techniques, and the 13th was used for flight testing at the Material Division at Wright Field, Ohio. Experiments on this aircraft led to the use of a turbo-supercharger which would become standard on the B-17 line. A 14th aircraft, the YB-17A, originally destined for ground testing only and upgraded with the turbocharger, was re-designated B-17A after testing had finished. As the production line developed, Boeing engineers continued to improve upon the basic design. To enhance performance at slower speeds, the B-17B was altered to include larger rudder and flaps. The B-17C changed from three bulged, oval shaped machine gun blisters to two flush, oval-shaped machine gun window openings and a single “bathtub” machine gun housing on the lower fuselage, that resembled the similarly-configured and located ventral defensive emplacement on the German Heinkel He 111P-series medium bomber. Models A through D of the B-17 were designed defensively, while the large-tailed B-17E was the first model primarily focused on offensive warfare.

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XIX TAC, 12000 Sorties 1944

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XIX TAC – 12000 Sorties 1944 12.000 Fighter and Bomber Sorties, XIX Tactical Air Command’s First Month of Operations in Support of the US Third Army in France.

    Frontispiece
    Introduction
    Notes on Organization, Tactics, and Technique
    Missions of the XIX Tactical Air Command
    The Background, In Brief
    Air Operations Day by Day
    Five Accompanying Maps
    Recapitulation
    Annex : Map Showing Location of Units

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Lt Gen George S. Patton Jr, US Third Army, Brig Gen C. P. Wetland, Commanding XIX Tactical Air Command

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