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42-97212

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Gr Island 22/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-G] Snetterton 16/3/44; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Sherman Gillespie, Co-pilot: Earl Ward, Navigator: Carl Goodhouse, Bombardier: Cecil Williams, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Steve Condur, Radio Operator: Ernie Richardson, Ball turret gunner: Myron Berry, Waist gunner: Jack Fletcher, Waist gunner: Bob Christiansen,Tail gunner: Willard Berg (10INT); enemy aircraft on return from target, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 3817. Returned to the USA Hunter 1/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 30/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16/12/45.

Service

Units

People

  • Willard Berg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Myron Berry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Robert Christiansen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-97212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Steve Condur

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Jack Fletcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-97212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Sherman Gillespie

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-97212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Carl Goodhouse

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Awarded Purple Heart 14 Feb 1944. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297212. Landed in Sweden. Interned in Falun Sweden. Released 11 Oct 1944

  • Ernest Richardson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-97212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Earl Ward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Herbert Williams

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-97212. Landed in Sweden. Interned.

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Falun, Sweden 11 April 1944

Please Find Pilot Gillespie's Fall 2004 6 page article regarding this crew/aircraft's landing in Sweden

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2020 20:32:15 Robert C. Goodhouse Changes to markings and media associations
Sources

Gillespie article attached

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2020 16:55:48 Robert C. Goodhouse Changes to nicknames
Sources

Flight Journal Magazine, Fall 2004 issue regarding final landing

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2020 16:53:38 Robert C. Goodhouse Changes to events and media associations
Sources

CJ Goodhouse Military files regarding story of Swedish Landing

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3817 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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