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43-37941

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/6/44; Kearney 20/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 2/7/44.

Involved in a mid-air collision with 43-38184 over Franceen route to Gustavsburg on 1st September 1944.
With Chas Frey, Comp-Major Francis Dresser, Co-pilot: George Hixson, Navigator: Lowell Shuman, Bombardier: Don Hoeffler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Floyd Hall, Radio Operator: Tom Gossett, Ball turret gunner: Ed Schanhaar, Waist gunner: Don Russell,Tail gunner: Calvin Pulver (10 Killed in Action).
The two aircraft broke up and crashed N of Caen, France in Allied territory.
Salvaged 1/4/45.
Missing Air Crew Report 8854.
MISS ANA BORTION.

Service

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...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Dresser

    Military | Major | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • Charles Frey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • Thomas Gossett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • Floyd Hall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • George Hixson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • Donald Hoeffler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew ...

  • Calvin Pulver

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Armorer - Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. ...

  • Donald Russell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • Edward Schanhaar

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

  • Lowell Shuman

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Frey crew. Killed when B-17 43-37941 was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 43-38184 over the French coast on 1st September 1944.

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) Dives-sur-Mer, France 1 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 12:11:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Details from MACR 9954 - https://www.fold3.com/image/28734494

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8854 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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