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Tannington is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located around ten miles south-east of Diss, in 2005 its population was 110. At the 2011 Census the population had fallen below 100, and not therefore being maintained on this site was included in the civil parish of Brundish.
On a late Sunday afternoon in October 1942, a B-17F 42-3506 "Sir Baboon McGoon" made a belly landing in a soft and muddy sugar beet field in the village of Tannington after the aircraft had run out of fuel. The efforts of the mobile recovery crew to patch this aircraft up and the aircraft's return to service were documented in a June 1944 article in Popular Science magazine. That first crash occurred in Oct 1943 and the recovery extended into Nov 1943. The aircraft was lost for good when it ditched into the North Sea on 29 March 1944 about 4pm, while returning from a bombardment mission to Brunswick, Germany. The Popular Science article appeared two months later in the June 1944 issue, but failed to mention that the aircraft had been lost permanently after only 7 additional missions from 24 Feb 1944 to 29 Mar 1944.
- Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
- Recollections of Ken McTigue a WW-II child evacuee in England who witnessed and described the date, location, and contions of the October crash and recovery efforts.
- Popular Science magazine, archive viewer, June 1944 issue, retrieved 8 June 2012 from this link.
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