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43-39130

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 10/12/44; Dow Fd 17/12/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 19/12/44; Missing in Action Plauen 21/3/45 with Bill Audette, Ray Akeny, Bob Neuenschwander, Ted Chapin, Roy McGhee tg, Virgil Dupler rcm (6 Killed in Action); Lew Harvard, George Gilbert, Chas Johnston, Bill Shipp (4 Prisoner of War); jet enemy aircraft, crashed Strehia, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 13555.

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

  • Raymond Ankeny

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130 Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

  • William Audette

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Strehia in B-17 #4339130 ...

  • Ted Chapin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130

  • Virgil Dupler

    Military | Private | Radar Counter Measures Operator, Radio Counter Measures | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130

  • George Gilbert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Strehia on 21 Mar 45 in B-17 #4339130

  • Lewis Havard

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Strehia on 21 Mar 45 in B-17 #4339130 Member of Audette crew

  • Charles Johnston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Strehia on 21 Mar 45 in B-17 #43-39130, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roy McGhee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130

  • Robert Neuenschwander

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Strehia in B-17 #4339130

  • William Shipp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Strehia on 21 Mar 45 in B-17 #4339130

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 21 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13555 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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