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42-102612

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 11/4/44; Grenier 18/5/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-U] Snetterton 21/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 20/6/44 with Dick DeBrandes, Co-pilot: Glen Harrison, Navigator: Bill Northington, Bombardier: Joe Armstrong, Radio Operator: Ken GarwoodWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Gene Stauffer, Waist gunner: Glen Smith, Waist gunner: Bill Blow, Tail gunner: Tom Rogers (8 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex Lambrecht (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft damaged then it exploded, crashed nt Erxlebnen, 18 miles NW of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 5897.

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

  • Joseph Armstrong

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Magdeburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42102612 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • William Blow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 May 1944 in B-17 #4231657 'Wildfire II. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Also shot down on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42102612 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Richard Brandes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Garwood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 May 1944 in B-17 #4231657 'Wildfire II. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Also shot down on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42102612 near Magdeburg Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Glen Harrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Alexander Lambrecht

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 23 May 1944 in B-17 #4231657 'Wildfire II. ' Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base.

  • William Northington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Magdeburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42-102612, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Rogers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Magdeburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42102612 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Glen Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

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 20 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2020 20:42:32 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 18:47:31 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations and mission 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 157, 167, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5897 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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