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43-37603

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Grenier 3/6/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-R] Snetterton 3/6/44; Missing in Action Nurnberg 10/9/44 with Oscar Williamson, Co-pilot: Jim Haynes, Navigator: Wiley Williams, Bombardier: John Greene, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Lowery, Radio Operator: Bruce Sleeper, Ball turret gunner: Bob Tharat, Waist gunner: Henry Dirocco,Tail gunner: Bill Montgomery (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Laubenthal, NW of Ingolstadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8809. I'LL BE AROUND.

Service

Units

People

  • Henry Dirocco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603 POW

  • John Greene

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603 On 10 Sep 1944, on his 10th mission he wrote to a friend, "We had just let our bombs go when flak hit the right wing, the top turret and both right engins. The p POW

  • James Haynes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603 POW

  • Billy Lowery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603

  • William Montgomery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603 POW

  • Bruce Sleeper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603 POW

  • Robert Tharat

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Laubental on 9/10/44 in B-17 I'll Be Around #4337603

  • Wiley Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Laubental in B-17 I'll Be Around on 9/10/44 Plane #4337603 Wiley's aircraft, I'll Be Around, was damaged by flak on it's 25th mission on Sept 10, 1944. The condition of the aircraft was such that the crew apparently was unable to...

  • Oscar Williamson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4237985 'The Saint. ' Landed in Sweden. He left the formation with one engine smoking and headed for Sweden. He successfully landed and the crew was interned. The plane was subsequently repaired and was recovered after...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8809 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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