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42-97167

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/44; Hunter 23/2/44; Grenier 4/3/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-N] Snetterton 7/3/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Capt Jack Link, Co-pilot: Erwin Simmons, Bombardier: Bob Federman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herman Walker, Radio Operator: Dick Royal, Ball turret gunner: Clem McGill, Waist gunner: Milford Andrews, Waist gunner: John Chopp, Tail gunner: Boyd Burgess (9 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bob Reickelman (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hahnstatten, six miles S of Limburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4858.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Milford Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Boyd Burgess

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • John Chopp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Federman

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Jack Link

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy fighters and crashed at Hahnslatten, Unterlahn, Germany on 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Clement McGill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Robert Rieckelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Prisoner of War (POW). Bob was the only survivor of ten man crew piloted by Jack Link on mission number 13. POW

  • Richard Royall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Erwin Simmons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Herman Walker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 7 February 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 7-Feb-44.

Assigned Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 7 March 1944

Assigned 339BS, 96BG, 8AF 7-Mar-44.

Combat damaged Norwich NR16 2JU, UK April 1944

Battle damaged, this NMF aircraft had a Olive drab fuselage [from wings to tail] inserted.

Failed to Return (FTR) Hahnstätten, Germany 12 May 1944

Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 1 x POW, 9 x KIA enemy aircraft, crashed Hahnstatten, six miles S of Limburg, Germany. MACR 4858.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 18:34:54 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2017 16:34:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Linked UPL 30495 to A/C.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4858 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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