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  B-17B Flying Fortress Serial Number 38-264  
USAAF
6th AF
9th BG

Pilot  1st Lt. Fredrick Price (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. August C. Seiferman (survived)
Navigator  2nd Lt. Robert H. Sedwick (survived)
Bombardier  S/Sgt. Charles L Lyons (survived)
Engineer  Cpl Frank P. Hohmann, 6982391 (survived)
Asst Engineer  Pvt. Ernest S. Fant (survived)
Radio  S/Sgt Veron Scott (survived)
Asst Radio  Cpl  Loy E. Rea (survived)
Gunner  Cpl Nordecai H. Shurmaster
(survived)
Crashed  March 18, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2024. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried to Panama.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 6th Air Force, 9th Bombardment Group based at Rio Hato Airfield initially.

On December 24, 1941 assigned to Trinadad for long range patrol missions with B-17B Flying Fortress 38-220. Afterwards, flown to Guatemala City Airfield and continued to fly patrol missions.

Mission History
Took off from Guatemala City Airfield on a patrol armed with depth charges. During the take off, the pilot failed to sync engines No. 2 and No. 4, causing the bomber to head across the grass towards the terminal. The B-17 hit a diagonal water run off ditch that tore off the landing gear and caused the bomber to slid another 50’ until it stopped. None of the crew were injured in the crash.

References
Thanks to Frank Hohmann for additional information
My War Story by Frank Hohmann page 64-66
Crash Report B-17B 38-264 March 18, 1942
Guatemala City T/O/C  B-17-B 38-264  March 18, 1942 Q&A March 19, 1942
Alae Supra Canalem page 151, 152 lists B-17B 38-220 as wrecked at San Jose, Guatemala on March 18, 1942 this reference is in reference to this B-17.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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