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  Wreck Boeing B-17 G Flying Fortress

TYPE: Heavy Bomber
MAKE: Boeing B-17G, No. 44-6630
NATIONAL ORIGIN: United States, 340 Bomb Squadron, 97th Bomb Group.
DIMENSIONS: Length = 22.677 m, interval of the wings = 31.633 m, weight = 24,948 kg.

DATE CRASHED: 6th November 1944
CAUSE: Air defence weapons
LOCATION: Island of Vis - Cape Polivalo.
DIFFICULTY LOCATING: The location is near the coast (about 150 m), but without the aid of instruments (GPS) positions are hard to find.
MAXIMUM DEPTH: 72 m
MINIMUM DEPTH: 65 m

The all-new, shiny bomber Boeing B-17G serial number 44-6630 arrived at the base of Amendola Italy 3rd November 1944. The next day Right-side shooter Sieling flew as a crew member for the one and a half hour flight in the airport zone, to try out the new plane. When Sieling viewed the next task list, he noticed that the same crew where assigned for the combat flight for 6th November 1944. The plane was so new that in addition to the U.S. national insignia symbols of the Group and Squadron to which he belonged had also been painted on the hull. The task that awaited them on the 6th was the November bombing of Vienna.




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