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Old 30th July 2017, 16:19
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B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Saw a picture of a B-17E named "Sea Breeze" and undergoing maintenance at Gura Air Depot, Eritrea, 1942.

Who has the serial for "Sea Breeze"?. A quick scan of Osbourne's B-17 Fortress Master Log gave no results...

A/c was one of the around 10 B-17s that saw a short career (July-Dec 42) with 1st Provisional Bombardment Group (became 376th BG) in Egypt.

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Old 30th July 2017, 17:33
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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

According to this link:

http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/ma...lbur_gura.html

the planes went on to the 301st BG.
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Old 30th July 2017, 17:45
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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Hello Leendert,
If I recall directly these few B17's came to the North African area from India.
Bereton Mission.
http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/air_crews.html
Looks like there were 16 a/c ?
Looking through the early B17's of the 7th Bomb Group may help ?
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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Sorry, gents. I thought I had a lead but it did not work out.



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Old 31st July 2017, 13:11
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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Alex,

Some serials are mentioned (41-2475, 41-2602, 41-9027...) but alas no reference at all which one was "Sea Breeze".

Another one was "Fennell vs. Rommel" (41-9029).

Sixteen 7th BG crews from India to ME in 11 x B-17, 4 x B-24 and 1 x LB-30 (with pilot Wade?).

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Old 8th August 2017, 13:08
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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

No serial (yet), but additional info received on "Sea Breeze". This B-17E with pilot Capt. Earle A. Goodrich made a belly landing at an undisclosed N. African desert place (but in Allied territory) when a/c transferred to its new base at Biskra, Algeria to join 301st BG.

B-17 on ground was observed as ‘smashed up’ by another ex-376th BG B-17E (“Judge’s Jury” with Capt. Rowan T. Thomas), also on its way to Biskra. Period around 11-13 January 1943.

All Sea Breeze crew safe, picked up by a camel caravan. They reportedly had a general and colonel as passengers.

Route of above B-17s most likely direct from Gura Air Depot, Eritrea to Biskra, Algeria.

No immediate match in Joe Baugher's lists (B-17E serials 41-2393/2669 and 41-9011/9245).

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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Goodrich stayed in the Air Force, served in Korea and retired a Lt Col. He died in 1992. His son, Earle A Goodrich, Jr died just this year.
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...r&GRid=2874111

"Earle A. Goodrich Jr.

COHASSET - Earle A. Goodrich Jr., age 73, of Cohasset, passed away on May 9, 2017.

Beloved son of Aylsa T. (Tibbetts) and the late Earle A. Goodrich, retired Lt. Col. USAF, he was the loving brother of Mark E. and his wife Jeannie of Stoneham, and LaurieAnn Cleveland of Taunton; uncle of Catherine Grace Cleveland, Rosalind Marie Gonzalez and Christina M. Goodrich."
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Old 9th August 2017, 02:40
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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Hello,
From an earlier link -
http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com/go...earl_crew.html

And these were early 43.
01/07/43 - 41-24350 - Pilot: Sloulin - Algeria.
01/12/43 - 42-5245 - Pilot: Imams - Libya.

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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Alex,

Most names of Goodrich crew also on 301st BG website after their transfer from 376th BG, but no further info found.

Have sent an email to 301st BG contact address

Sea Breeze definitively a B-17E.

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Re: B-17E "Sea Breeze" - N. Africa 1942- what serial?

Hello,
1st B17's lost in North Africa were -
RAF aircraft.
AN529, "X" of 90 Sqdn on 8th November 1941.
and
AN521, "K" of 220 Sqdn on 10th January 1942.

From the book on the 7th Bomber Group that is on line( in part ) which says 9 survivors were sent to the ME in July 42, has the following -

I do not know if they are the ones but only certain pages are available.

Vinson - 41-2506.
Blankenhorn - unknown.
Bowden - 41-2477*
Carmack - 41-2535.
Holst - 41-2465*.
Fountain - 41-2499.
Keenan - 41-2475.
Long - 41-2457.
Rogers - 41-2491

There is also referee too -
Tate - 41-9016.
Fennel - 41-9029.
41-2602.
41-2411 - "Old Miss II".

Two of the numbers above are also listed in JBaughers site under "Project X", 11 - B17's.
41-2417.
41-2423.
41-2436.
41-2439.
41-2465*
41-2473.
41-2474.
41-2477*
41-2480.
41-2482.
41-2485.

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