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42-102552

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 31/3/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-J] Snetterton 22/4/44; Missing in Action Nucourt, Fr 22/6/44 with Jay Horn, Co-pilot: John Murray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Morris, Ball turret gunner: Clifford McCreary, Waist gunner: Lester Weimer, Waist gunner: Tony Monaco,Tail gunner: Tony Viglianti (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Steve Manzek, Bombardier: Harry Ubbins, Radio Operator: Frank Cowan (3 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Rue Pajol, Paris, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 5917.

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

  • Frank Cowan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris on 6/22/44 in B-17 #42102552 Prisoner of War (POW). Survived 4 different prison camps, including Buchenwald.

  • Jay Horn

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned May 1944. Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris on 6/22/44 in B-17 42-102552. KIA.

  • Stephen Manzek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris on 6/22/44 in B-17 #42102552 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Clifford McCreary

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris in B-17 42-102552 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Anthony Monaco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 June 1944. Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris in B-17 #42102552 Purple Heart/ Air Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Henry Morris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris in B-17 #42102552 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • John Murray

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #42-102552. Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris.

  • Harry Ubbins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris on 6/22/44 in B-17 #42102552 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Anthony Vigliante

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris in B-17 #42102552 Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Lester Weimer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Paris in B-17 #42102552 Killed in Action (KIA)

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) France 22 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2020 11:27:02 Blackbird2 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://jonathanturley.org/2013/04/21/kirby-cowan-the-airmen-of-buchenwa...

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2020 11:25:30 Blackbird2 Changes to description
Sources

https://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=937&MemI...

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:42:49 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 162, 168, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5917 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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