B-17G Flying Fortress

43-37776

490th BG  849 BS

Crashed 27:09:44

The aircraft , named "Heavenly Body", was on a night cross-country exercise. Whilst turning, just North of Nailstone, near Ibstock, the aircraft's nose dropped, and the port wing struck the ground. The machine was completely destroyed by fire and explosion.  Sadly, all on board were killed.

 

 

The crew were:

 

0-810215       1/Lt.        MICHAEL  H  PRIMUS                    Pilot

0-818123       1/Lt.        LOUIS  H  DEPUTY                        Co-Pilot

0-703253       2/Lt.        RICHARD  J  HERMANN                 Navigator

0-694969       2/Lt.        ROBERT  C  SIMMONS                 Bombardier

17092155      T/Sgt.      ROY  E  GRISWOLD                     Engineer

37416085      T/Sgt.      CLAUDE  E  KEELE                       Radio Operator

33504840      S/Sgt.      HARRY STOEVER                         Ball Turret Gunner

19200834      S/Sgt.      LAWRANCE  J  RICHTER              Left Waist Gunner

16117605      S/Sgt.      AMERICO  VIRGILI                        Tail Gunner

33362517      S/Sgt.      RALPH  W  FRANKE                      Passenger

11031790      S/Sgt.      JOHN C BARRY                             Passenger

13011085      S/Sgt.      EDWARD  SHIVELY Jr.                  Passenger

43-37776 - A 43-37776 - D Harry Stoever - Gunner Small

Memorial Stone and crash site (bare area).

The Memorial has since been resited to a small park near the church.

In Memory.

Michael H Primus and his crew.  The aircraft behind them is a B-24J  Liberator.

 

BACK ROW, L to R:

Lawrence J Richter, Michael H Primus, William A King (not involved in crash), Richard J Herman, Alvin S Tilley

(not involved in crash), Harry Stoever (Ball Turret Gunner).

 

FRONT ROW L to R:

Henry S Thrasher (not involved in crash), Ray E Griswold , Claude E Keeler, Americo Virgilli.

 

      (Image via Eric Swain)

S/Sgt.  Harry Stoever,  Ball-Turret Gunner.

(Eva Richards via Eric Swain)

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