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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Hunter 13/3/44; Dow Fd 9/4/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-W] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 11/9/44 with Bill McIlonie, Co-pilot: Ezra Loyd, Navigator: Stan Sobotik, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Garman, Radio Operator: Doug Fulkerson, Ball turret gunner: Jim Sheehan, Waist gunner: Howard Bohn,Tail gunner: Elmer Kirby (8 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Ralph Anderson (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Helfta, SE Lutherstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8891. KIDLEY DIVEY.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Anderson

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Helfta on 9/11/44 in B-17 Kidley Divey #42102426 POW

  • Howard Bohn

    Military | Corporal | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey #42102426

  • Douglas Fulkerson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey #42102426

  • Paul Garman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey #42102426

  • Elmer Kirby

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey 42-102426

  • Ezra Loyd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey #42102426

  • William Mc Ilonie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • James Sheehan

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA). 11 September 1944, crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey 42-102426

  • Stanley Sobotik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Helfta in B-17 Kidley Divey #42102426

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8891 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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