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43-38048

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 26/7/44; Missing in Action Karlsbad 19/4/45 with Buford Stovall (evaded capture); Frank Mateyka (Killed in Action); Ed Nilsson, Harry Shelgren, Bob Rivenburg, Joe Mullins, Dennis Richardson, Don McGinnis, Harry Turk tg, Dick Bernery rcm (8 Prisoner of War); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Dresden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 14195.

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

  • Richard Berney

    Military | Sergeant | Radar Counter Measures Operator, Radio Counter Measures | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) near Schonau 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38048

  • Frank Mateyka

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonau 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38048

  • Donald McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Mullins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) near Schonau B-17 #43-38048 19 Apr 1945. After bailing out of the aircraft he landed in a tree (at some point he fractured his clavicle or shoulder girdle); under which the Germans were waiting for him. He was transferred to a...

  • Edward Nilsson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) near Schonau 19 April 1945 B-17 #43-38048

  • Dennis Richardson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Schonau 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38048

  • Robert Rivenburg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group

  • Harold Shelgren

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Schonau 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38048

  • Buford Stovall

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Schonau 19 April 1945 B-17 #43-38048

  • Harold Turk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) near Schonau 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38048

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 19 April 1945

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14195 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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