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42-102502

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 100BG Thorpe Abbotts 7/4/44; transferred 339BS/96BG [QJ-G] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Politz 25/8/44 with Chas Jennings, Co-pilot: Styrlin Scogin, Navigator: Delmar Woodruff, Bombardier: Don Merrill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dewitt Deckert, Radio Operator: Bob Bowers, Waist gunner: Wayne Henley (7 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Ed Whitelaw,Tail gunner: Gene Weiss (2 Prisoner of War); flak knocked off wing, crashed Hagen, NW of Stettin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8283. CHATTERBOX!

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. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bowers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502

  • Dewitt Deckert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502

  • Wayne Henley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502

  • Charles Jennings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502. A/C peeled out of formation in flames and began to lose altitude. Then in a quick succession, the left wing broke off and the plane blew up. Only two men escaped: Ball turret gunner Ed Whitelaw and...

  • Donald Merrill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    KIA Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502

  • Styrlin Scogin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502

  • Eugene Weiss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Hugena on 8/25/44 in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502. On 24 Aug 1944 A/C peeled out of formation in flames and began to lose altitude. Then in a quick succession, the left wing broke off and the plane blew up. Only two...

  • Edward Whitelaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502 ...

  • Delmar Woodruff

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA Crashed at Hugena in B-17 Chatterbox #42102502

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...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:32:44 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames and 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 184, 186, 293

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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