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42-102581

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-L] Deenethorpe 29/4/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Paul Scharff, Co-pilot: Chas Eckert, Bombardier: Bob Hoover, Waist gunner: Roscoe Tomlinson (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bernie Schwartz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Karl, Radio Operator: Bob Strong, Ball turret gunner: Chas Bedell, Waist gunner: Fred Pynigar, Tail gunner: Jim Smallin (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Glienecke, 23 miles E of Burg, due N of Magdeburg; Missing Air Crew Report 56306. LONESOME POLECAT.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Bedell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • Charles Eckert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Killed in initial fighter pass. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5306. Awards: AM(3OLC), PH.

  • Robert Hoover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5306. Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Richard Karl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Pynigar

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Scharff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5306. Awards: AM(3OLC), PH.

  • Bernard Schwartz

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Smallin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Strong

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roscoe Tomlinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5306. Awards: PH.

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 28 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 04:30:43 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 03:17:25 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5306 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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