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B-17F 'Sweet Le Lani' (Serial 42-30028) Accident Report

(1943)

8th Air Force. 8/17/1943 MACR: 380, Group: 381, Squadron: 534

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Statement made by 2nd Lt. Harold R Hytinen of 534th Bombardment Squadron (E).

On August 17, 1943, at approximately 1420 Hours, while flying as Co-Pilot in aeroplane no. 42-3118, I saw a B-17F with serial Number 42-30028 go down the result of an enemy fighter attack near Vogelsand, Germany. The Number three (3) engine was on fire.

The entire crew bailed out and the crew I was with counted ten (10) open parachutes. The aeroplane was evidently on automatic flight control for it went into a long normal glide.

The objective on this raid was Sweinfurt, Germany.

 

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Nickname:
Sweet Le Lani 1
Crash:
17 Aug 1943 2
Cause:
Enemy fighter attack 3
Crew:
10 3
Destination:
Schweinfurt, Germany 3
Location:
Vogelsand, Germany 3
Topic:
Also known as: 42-30028 2
Category: war, bomber, accident, crew 2
Name: B-17F 3

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