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  B-17F-95-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 42-30488  
USAAF
395th BG
589th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. James P. Ticksman (KIA, BR) WA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. John W. O'Cheskey (KIA, BR) Carlsbad, NM
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Jay D. Underwood (KIA, BR) Rochelle, IL
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Julian M. Crapp (KIA, BR) TX
Bombardier  F/O Owen E. Longest (KIA, BR) OK
Engineer  Sgt George L. Dobson (KIA, BR)
Engineer  Sgt Bobby P. Cone (KIA, BR) Barwick, GA
Engineer  Sgt Edwin Johnstone (KIA, BR)
Engineer  Sgt Arthur D. Grant (KIA, BR) KS
Engineer  Sgt Werner F. Haukop (KIA, BR)
Radio  Sgt George O. Cartwright (KIA, BR)
Gunner  Sgt William W. Aulwes (KIA, BR)
Gunner  Sgt Annesley E. Hodson III (KIA, BR)
Crashed  July 24, 1943 at 12:54am


Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 5502. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17F-95-BO Flying Fortress serial number 42-30326.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 395th Bombardment Group, 589th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On July 23, 1943 took off from Ephrata Army Air Field on a training bombing mission. Returning, this B-17 was circling to land in a left turn with the flaps partially extended and landing gear extended when it contacted the side of a hill and rolled roughly 200 yards on the landing gear before the no. 2 engine propeller struck a horse knocking off the engine and left landing gear to break off that collided with the left horizontal stabilizer and elevator, knocking them off and caused the bomber to bounce back into the air 100' before colliding with another hill and sliding 400 yards before breaking up and bursting into flames roughly a half mile from the first contact with the ground on July 24, 1943 12:54am near Soap Lake in Grant County, Washington killing everyone aboard.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash the remains of the crew were recovered and buried.

Memorials
Ticksman is buried is Placerville Union Cemetery Placerville, El Dorado County, California, USA.
O'Cheskey is buried at Carlsbad Cemetery in Carlsbad, CA at div G, block 5- Lot 3.
Underwood is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore, IL at plot Elmwood 12 34W 4.
Crapp is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Navasota, TX.
Longest is buried at Petersburg Cemetery in Ringling, OK.
Dobson is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville,, KA at section 15.
Johnstone has an unknown burial in the United States.
Grant is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS at Good Shepherd & Acacia Sections B & C.
Haukop has an unknown burial in the United States.
Cartwright is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery Ada, OK at section 2.
Aulwes is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester, MN.
Hodson is buried at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17F-105-BO Fortress 42-30488
"Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945" by Anthony Mireles July 24, 2018
FindAGrave - James Phillip Ticksman (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut John Walter O'Cheskey (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Jay David Underwood (obituary, Elmwood Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Lieut Julian Murry Crapp (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Owen E Longest (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt George L. Dobson (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Bobby Pope Cone (obituary, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Edwin Johnstone (unknown burial)
FindAGrave - Sgt Arthur D Grant (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt George O Cartwright (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William W Aulwes (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Annesley E Hodson, III (grave photo)

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Last Updated
July 24, 2018

 

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