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42-97844

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 14/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 20/4/44; with Glovik 7/10/44, Waist gunner: Chas Buda KIA; 97m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Bill Durant (Ouratt?), Co-pilot: Dwight King, Navigator: Elmer Miles, Bombardier: Bill Waskow, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vic Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Don Norvet, Waist gunner: Andrew Demchak,Tail gunner: Art Billings, Dave Willoughby voice int (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: John Star KIA; crashed Castl, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12948.

Service

Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Howard Baumgartner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carmen Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Billings

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Kassel on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 #4297844

  • Clarence Bitner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Holzwickede 23-Mar-45. Mid air collision with B-17 44-8754, crashed Campsea Ash, Suffolk. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (3OLC), GC, PH.

  • Albert Burns

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Max Burrows

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Gabriel Chapra

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arl Cross

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Wilfred Cullerne

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Holzwickede 23-Mar-45. Mid air collision with B-17 44-8754, crashed Campsea Ash, Suffolk. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (3 OLC), PH.

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Missions

  • 366

    23 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 493

    24 July 1944

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Horham Airfield, UK 20 April 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 March 1945
Shot Down near Frankfurt, Germany 9 March 1945
Delivered Denver, CO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 02:06:50 466thHistorian Changes to manufacturer, markings, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/255

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12948 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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