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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48541
Last updated: 14 April 2020
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Time:c. 01:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress
Owner/operator:2nd Prov. BSqn USAAF
Registration: 41-2667
C/n / msn: 2478
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Whenuapai AFB, Auckland -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Whenuapai AFB
Destination airport:Melbourne, Australia.
The B-17, nick-named Texas Tornado, had arrived in New Zealand from New Caledonia a few days before.
Commanded by Colonel R.E.Cobb, it carried two passengers; an officer of the US Navy and one from the Free French Navy.

Early in the morning of 9/6/42 it took off from Whenuapai to fly to Laverton, Melbourne, Australia.
Moments after becoming airborne the Texas Tornado crashed on farmland not far from the airfield.
It burst into flames and two of the four 500-pound bombs being carried exploded.
All on board the B-17 died in the crash.

Colonel Richard E. Cobb. Pilot.
Captain Joseph Bruce. Co-pilot.
2nd Lieutenant Edward H. Hoffman. Navigator.
Technical Sergeant C.P. Brunson. Wireless Operator.
Technical Sergeant J.F. Lopez. Flight Engineer.
Sergeant Harry Cohn. Gunner.
Corporal James Herriotts. Gunner.
Corporal John R. Clanton. Gunner.
Private Curtis L. Childers. Gunner.
Lieutenant William E. Hurst, US Navy. Passenger.
Captain J.C.A. Gilbert, Free French Navy. Passenger.


Various NZ sources.

Revision history:

28-Nov-2008 23:30 angels one five Added
28-Apr-2009 01:16 angels one five Updated
27-May-2010 01:12 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
10-Jun-2011 16:42 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
26-Aug-2011 17:43 Uli Elch Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport]
30-Oct-2011 00:45 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
30-Oct-2011 00:47 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
09-Jan-2012 19:22 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
15-Aug-2012 06:48 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator]
14-Sep-2013 01:51 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
20-Feb-2019 16:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
31-Mar-2020 09:28 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Operator]

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