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42-102452

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-R] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Herb Moore, Co-pilot: Bill Giesse, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Stan Draginis, Radio Operator: Don Cassell, Ball turret gunner: Theo Martz, Waist gunner: Elton Needham, Waist gunner: Willard Miller,Tail gunner: Bill Medill (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Irving Saex, Bombardier: Ed McGlasson (2 Killed in Action); mid air coll with 42-97382, crashed near Wehrheim, 12 miles N of Frankfurt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4862.

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Cassell

    Military | Private | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stanley Dranginis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Billie Giesse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Theodore Martz

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward McGlasson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

  • William Medill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Willard Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herbert Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elton Needham

    Military | Private | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102452. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Irving Saex

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102452, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:12:40 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey Ward, Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information, Taylor Publishing, 1996. pages 141, 148, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4862 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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