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43-38078

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 20/7/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye 22/7/44; 850BS; Missing in Action Sedlcany, Czechoslovakia 19/4/45 with Robert Norvell, Wendell Snyder, Newton Parker (2 Prisoners of War, Newton Parker was never a prisoner of war); Lorenzo Smith, Gordon Lake, Leo Borden, Peter Malires, Carl Johnson, Robert A. Johnson (6 murdered by the German SS about 12 hours after being captured ); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Schonau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 14194. This attack occurred over Sedlcany, Czechoslovakia, not Germany. Three out of the four B-17s hit on April 19, 1945 crashed in Czechoslovakia. The fourth plane, piloted by Lt. McCallister crashed near Dresden, Germany after the bomb run.

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

  • Leo Borden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Murdered by the German SS at milepost 2.2 outside Konopiste Castle about 10 pm 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38078

  • Carl Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Murdered by the German SS at milepost 2.2 outside Konopiste Castle about 10 pm 19 Apr 1945 B-17 43-38078

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Murdered by the German SS at milepost 2.2 outside Konopiste Castle 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38078

  • Gordon Lake

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Murdered by the German SS at milepost 2.2 outside Konopiste Castle 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38078

  • Peter Malires

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Peter parachuted onto an area near Bucovice, Czechoslovakia. Hungarian SS Troops surrounded him, and as Peter put his hands up to surrender, he was shot through the head and killed by the Hungarian SS. 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38078

  • Robert Norvell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) near Schonau 19 Apr 1945, B-17 #43-38078

  • Newton Parker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Newton Parker was the only crew member during the first bailout over Sedlcany, Czechoslovakia of 43-38078 to escape the SS Troops. After evading the SS for seven days he was taken in and hidden until the war ended by a Czech family living in Tochovice...

  • Lorenzo Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Murdered by the German SS at milepost 2.2 outside Konopiste Castle 19 Apr 1945 B-17 #43-38078.

  • Wendell Snyder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Engineer | 490th Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Plzen, Czechoslovakia, landed in a tennis court in the middle of town, suffered from bullet grazing wounds to the head and leg as he parachuted down. Spent two days in a German hospital, then transferred to a Russian POW camp northeast...

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
18 January 2021 01:51:04 Scot Lowry Changes to nicknames
Sources

Scot Lowry

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2021 01:50:01 Scot Lowry Changes to description
Sources

Scot Lowry

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2021 01:40:30 Scot Lowry Changes to person associations
Sources

Scot Lowry

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14194 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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