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42-102561

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; slated 385BG, Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-D] Snetterton 22/4/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Chas Irving, Bombardier: John Flanyak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Zalaker, Radio Operator: Jim Campbell, Waist gunner: Paul Nadeau,Tail gunner: George McCully (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Lou Pastore, Navigator: Ed Montgomery, Ball turret gunner: John Borneo, Waist gunner: Walt Froelhich (4 Prisoner of War); mid-air coll with 42-102475 (96BG), snapped in half; crashed Woessingen, nine miles E of Karlsruhe, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5164.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-102475

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX- ] Snetterton 1/5/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Wilbur Brean, Navigator: Bob Egan, Bombardier: Bob Kleinder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Fancea...

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

  • John Borneo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102561. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Campbell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102561. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • John Flanyak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    John Flanyak served as a bombardier with the 96th Bomb Group. On 8 May 1944, he was one of three crew members who managed to get their damaged B-17 42-38133 'Reluctant Dragon' back to base. The aircraft had been shot up by fighters and the other seven...

  • Walter Froehlich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 42-102457 and crashed at Woessingen, near Pforzheim, Germany on 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102561. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Irving

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102561. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • George McCulley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102561. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Edward Montgomery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102561. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #5164 POW

  • Paul Nadeau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102561, Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Louis Pastore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102561. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Zalaker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Collided with another aircraft 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102561. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

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 27 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:48:54 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames
Sources

Made error - 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 143, 148, 149, 293

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:45:04 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 204, 210, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5164 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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