Original U.S. WWII Brake Pad from Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Carrie B" 42-31593 downed in France
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. By April 1944, Germany was now well on the way to losing the war, being pushed back on all fronts, having already been pushed out of North Africa, and having failed to take Leningrad. This was also the last month of Strategic bombing by U.S. and British forces before the start of withering bomber attacks on the defenses in France, in anticipation of the D-Day Invasion.
On April 22nd, the 613th Bomber Squadron left on a mission against V-1 rocket emplacements in Pas de Calais, directly across the English Channel. Unfortunately the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Carrie B", Piloted by 2nd Lt. Frank Percy Daugherty Jr., was lost in that attack, as noted by the text in this display box:
B-17G "Carrie B" 42-31593
613th BS, 401 BG
20 April 1944 Mission #53 Target: Bois Coquerel, France
(V-1 rocket sites on the Pas de Calais)
Engine #3 hit by flak, flames along trailing edge to engine #4.
went into dive and exploded. Crashed near Pont-Remy, France
The display box then has various pictures mounted of the Insignia for the Bomb Squadron and Group, as well as a listing of the crew and their fate after the crash. There are also pictures of the downed plane, as well as of the gravestones of those killed during the flight.
Under this is a 2 5/8" H x 3 1/4" section of metal, mounted into the frame, with the caption: Aircraft Brake Pad Recovered From Crash Site. It is held in place by a plastic zip tie.
All of this is very nicely mounted in a glazed metal frame. It measures about 15 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 2 3/8", and is in wonderful display condition. A great piece of WWII European Theater history!
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