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42-102571

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-U] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Bob Laurie, Co-pilot: Leo Rangers, Bombardier: Bob Little, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Whitman, Radio Operator: Preston Henderson, Ball turret gunner: Fred Stone, Waist gunner: Bob Corwin, Waist gunner: Albt Kohan (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Cliff Jones,Tail gunner: Lew Lanham (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed near RR station, Kamberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4863.

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 Corwin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Preston Henderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Clifford Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Kohan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Lewis Lanham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Laurie

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Robert Little

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). May have been hit by e/a PH, Air Medal w 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Leo Rangers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Fred Stone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • William Whitman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42102571. 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 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:54:38 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, 147, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4863 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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