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43-37886

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; with Joe Vacek force landed Cheyenne Fd, 21/6/44; Grenier 22/8/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 24/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/44 with Frank Delmerico, Gerald Lay, John Fitzgerald, Everett Gille, Herman Savely, Bill Henthorn, Omar Scheidt, George Lee, Clifton Callahan (9 Prisoner of War); Bob Newsome (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Apolda, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10759. PENNSY-BELLE.

Service

Aircraft

Units

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clifton Callahan

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #43-37886 'Pennsy-Belle'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Delmerico

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 43-37886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Fitzgerald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Gille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Henthorn

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gerald Lay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). In Stalag Luft 1 at Barth. POW

  • George Lee

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Newsome

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 43-37886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herman Savely

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Omar Scheidt

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #4337886 'Pennsy-Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10759 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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