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
The Cleveland Herald, November 17, 1944
Sgt. Henry Ottis Hewett, 27, husband of Mrs. Elva Bell Hewett, was killed in action on September 8, somewhere over France. Sgt. Hewett was a ball turret gunnero n a B-17 Flying Fortress with the Eighth Air Force based in England. He had completed five missions over Denmark and France before his death.
- Rank: Sergeant
- Date of birth: 12 December 1916
- Date of death: 8 September 1944
- County: Bradley
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 835th Bomber Squadron, 486th Bomber Group, Heavy
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Brittany American Cemetery, St. James (Manche), France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Top Panel
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