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B-17 Flying Fortress

Available: 1 February 1944 - Boeing Aircraft Co, Seattle, Washington
Accepted: 2 February 1944
Assigned: 11 February 1944 - Cheyenne
Assigned: 18 February 1944 / 2 March 1944 - Grand Island AAF
Assigned: 4 March 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - Presque Isle AAF
Assigned: 17 March 1944 / 21 March 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 22 March 1944 - 8th AF / 1st BD / 1st CBW / 91st BG / 323rd BS - (RAF Bassingbourn)
( Triangle-A ) ( OR * L / Sheriff’s Posse )
16 combat missions
Crew Chief: M/Sgt David Lloyd
Damaged: 1 May 1944, Troyes, France

Pilot: Nenad Kovachevich, Co-pilot: William C Motsinger
Navigator: Dan B Jordan, Bombardier: Roy L Jones
Flight engineer: Marvin Powers Jr, Radio Operator: Phillip R Merrill,
Ball turret gunner: Merritt W Metzger, Waist gunner: Roy J Schleich Jr
Waist gunner: Robert J Grabowski, Tail gunner: Charles Kolence

(10 Returned to Duty)
crash landed base, loss of brake power on landing collided with parked trucks;
Salvaged: 3 May 1944 / 17 June 1944.



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  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


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  • Nenad Kovachevich

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 7 May 1944 in B-17 #4231580 'Merry Widow. ' Killed in Action (KIA).


  • Bassingbourn

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    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
23 May 2018 15:58:50 terveurn Changes to description

spelling correciton

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2018 15:58:10 terveurn Changes to description

spelling correction

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2018 15:57:31 terveurn Changes to description

original was a mess -- wrong dates, crew spelled wrong and in wrong positions.....

Corrections bases on Aircraft card, squadron records and 91st BG load-outs

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2016 10:05:22 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations and person associations

Added associations from information in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log