Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-97153 was on an operational mission to Bohlen, Germany.
Statement from 2nd Lt Thomas C.S. Houser:
The aircraft was hit by A/C #653, another aircraft in the same Group, in the target area immediately after bombs away. A/C was hit in the middle of the ship and broke in two. Four chutes were observed, but it is not known from which aircraft they came.
Considerable propwash was encountered from Belgium coast into target. Another Group of B-17´s ran a collision course to our Group while on the bomb run. The high Group of the Wing running collision course, flew directly through our formation. These incidents probably had a tiring and straining effect on all pilots and can be considered as a contributory cause of the collision.
Pilot, 2nd Lt Charles V. Duda
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Norman J. Tipton
Bombardier, Sgt John Caro
Navigator, 2nd Lt Richard N. Bishop
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Joseph P. Cunneen
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Walter Howard
ETG, S/Sgt Edward R. Moore
Tail Gunner, nS/Sgt Thomas F. Mazurkiewicz
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Thomas J. Kulak
Norman Tipton was returned from Margraten American Cemetery in The Netherlands.