Aircraft B-17G with serial number 43-37875 departed from Sudbury, England on a tactical mission to Brest in France. The aircraft was caught in the prop wash of the element lead A/C and was forced down on A/C 949. Lt Stuart saw A/C 875 break into three sections and crash to the ground and burn. One chute was seen to open. The aircraft crashed at Brest in France.
Sgt Hewett is buried at the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James (Manche), France.
Pilot, 1st Lt Thomas S. Crawford
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Norman L. Jones
Navigator, 2nd Lt John M. Johnson
Bombardier, 2nd Lt John H. Engelmeier
Engineer, S/Sgt Lyle G. Lunstrom
Radio Operator, Sgt Cecil H. Davis
Waist Gunner, Sgt Robert P. Beisler
Tail Gunner, Sgt Velton B. Robson
Ball Gunner, Sgt Henry O. Hewett