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43-38180

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/7/44; Kearney 13/7/44; Grenier 20/7/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 22/7/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/10/44 with Bill McLennan, Joe Bingham, Morris Chakansky, Len Smith (4 Prisoner of War); Art Bubendorf, Larry Grubisich, Bob Moyer, Bob Dittmer, Santi Trimarchi (5 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Spandau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9529.

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...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Bingham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Spandau on 10/6/44 in B-17 #4338180

  • Arthur Bubendorf

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Spandau in B-17 #4338180

  • Morris Chakansky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group

  • Robert Dittmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed at Spandau in B-17 43-38180

  • Lawrence Grubisich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Lawrence Edward Grubisich, Jr. was born on July 8, 1920 in Illinois. His parents Lawrence and Vincenca were both born in Croatia, Austria-Hungary. They came to America before 1900. His father worked as a coal miner. Lawrence had three older brothers...

  • William Lennan

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group

  • Robert Moyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Spandau in B-17 #4338180

  • Leonard Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Spandau on 10/6/44 in B-17 #4338180

  • Santi Trimarchi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Spandau in B-17 #4338180

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 6 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9529 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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