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42-97070

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 750BS/457BG [G] Glatton 15/3/44; Missing in Action Metz 25/4/44 with Capt Edward Bender, Bombardier: Edwin Fuller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Free, Ball turret gunner: Mike Woyurka, Waist gunner: John Sarico,Tail gunner: Lt Bill Soules (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Major Rod Francis[CO 750BS], Navigator: Earl Woodward, gln-Capt Art Cavanaugh, Radio Operator: Laymon Mahan, Waist gunner: Lt Monroe Hotaling[gunnery off.] (5 evaded capture); mech fault, crashed Vallee de la Montjoie, near La Goulafriere, NE of St Germaine d’Aunay, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 4306.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Bender

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #4297070. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Cavanaugh

    Military | Captain | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #4297070. Evaded.

  • Roderick Francis

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group

  • James Free

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Fuller

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group

  • Monroe Hotaling

    Military | Lieutenant | Right Waist Gunner, Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #4297070. Evaded. also shot down on 10 Apr 45 in B-17 #448368 crashed near Bernau, taken Prisoner of War (POW) never stayed in Stalag simply walked to Hamburg

  • Lynon Mahan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group

  • John Sarico

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 42-97070. Prisoner of War.

  • Bill Soules

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 April 1944 in B-17 #4297070. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Woodward

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

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Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 25 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4306 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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