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43-38072

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 27/7/44; 850BS; on local flights 18/8/44 with Albert Davis, Co-pilot: Fred Ostler, Navigator: Jenner DeSantis, Bombardier: Rich Wessel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Godfrey, Radio Operator: Teofile Criyell, Ball turret gunner: Oscar Jenson, Waist gunner: Larry Rooney, Tail gunner: Bob Aley (9 Returned to Duty); left u/c collapsed on third landing; repaired.

Missing in Action Plauen 21-Mar-45 with John Schultz, Fred Black, Joe Farkas, Chas Lennon, Joe Ellis, Lloyd Kennedy, Carl Sten, Jim Butterfield (8 Killed in Action); Craig Bennett (Prisoner of War); Me262 collided with A/C, causing explosion which sheared off the tail, crashed Plauen, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 13556.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 850th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Aley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Davis crew. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Craig Bennett

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Member of Schultz crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Sole survivor. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13556 ...

  • Frederick Black

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Member of Schultz crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13556 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • James Butterfield

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Member of Schultz crew. 16 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13556 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Teofilo Crixell

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Davis crew. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, Killed in...

  • Albert Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. ...

  • Jenner De Santis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Davis crew. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, Killed in...

  • Joseph Elie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Member of Schultz crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13556 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Joseph Farkas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Member of Schultz crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13556 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • John Godfrey

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Davis crew. Local flights 18-Aug-44 in 43-38072; port U/C collapsed on third landing, RTD. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshaven in B-17 43-38009, crashed at Hochheim on 13-Sep-44, Killed in...

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Missions

Places

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 22 June 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 22-Jun-44.

Assigned Eye, UK 27 July 1944

Assigned 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Eye, UK 18 August 1944

Local flights 18-Aug-44 with Albert Davis crew; port U/C collapsed on third landing, 9 x RTD

Assigned Cheddington, UK March 1945

Attached 850BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Plauen, Germany 21 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45 with Schultz crew; Me262 collided with A/C, crashed Plauen, Germany. 1 x POW, 8 x KIA MACR 13556

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2020 03:22:00 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 10:45:47 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41987569
https://www.fold3.com/image/41987744

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 09:15:57 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41987569
https://www.fold3.com/image/41987744

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13556 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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