42-37835 SC-J Channel Express

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Serial No: 42-37835
Model: B-17G-15-DL
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, CA
Delivered: 09/16/1943
Assigned: 11/05/1943
Lost: 12/22/1943
Mission Lost: Osnabruck (#7)
How Lost: Abandoned by Crew
Notes: While over the target "Channel Express" was struck by a bomb dropped from another group, causing considerable damage to the controls.  The pilot, Lt Stuart E. Smith, managed to bring the aircraft back to Deenethorpe where the crew bailed out before heading it for Germany on authomatic pilot.  The plane in fact didn't go all that many miles from base, crashing near Washingley, Huntingdonshire (about two miles due east of the 1st Air Division airfield).

Recorded Missions

112/11/1943 Emden (#4) Stuart E. Smith Crew #1
212/13/1943 Kiel (#5) Stuart E. Smith Crew #1
312/20/1943 Bremen (#6) Stuart E. Smith Crew #1
412/22/1943 Osnabruck (#7) Stuart E. Smith Crew #1