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42-97654

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 18/1/44; 1SAG Langley 14/2/44; Presque Is 13/3/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton 14/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Capt Jim Knupp, Radio Operator: Manuel Rueben (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Gene Aldridge, Navigator: Chester Schultz, Bombardier: Max Helderman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dorcy Waters, m/op-Lt Irwin Melgin, Waist gunner: John Emory, Tail gunner: Bill Cannon, Lt Col Marcus Lemley mission pilot (8 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KOd #3 and #4, crashed between Kamberg and Taunus, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4861.

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. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • William Cannon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return from mission to Brux, Czech. Shot down 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • John Emory

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Max Helderman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • James Knupp

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 #42-97654. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4861. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Irwin Melgin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Irwin M. Melgin was born January 21, 1920. His next of kin were his parents, Joseph and Mary Melgin. He was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

  • Manuel Ruben

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 #42-97654. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4861. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Chester Schultz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Dorcy Waters

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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) Germany 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 04:20:51 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added the date to the "Failed to Return" event.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 04:18:42 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added "Failed to Return (FTR)" event trying to fix Google map error. IT did not work.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 04:14:46 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Removed "Failed to Return (FTR)" event try to elimnate the Googe Maps error.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 04:06:16 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 04:04:30 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4861 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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