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44-8489

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 26/9/44; Hunter 25/10/44; Grenier 6/11/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-G] Snetterton 11/11/44; Missing in Action Mainz 13/1/45 with Capt Merlin Miller, Co-pilot: Roy Collier, Navigator: Warren Berg, Bombardier: Capt Bob Alford, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Miller, Tail gunner: Paul Hollen (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Vernard Jones 338BS, Waist gunner: Pete Re, Lt Lou Rodrigues voice int., Lt Col Melvin Buckner (Sq CO) mission pilot (4 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Ginsheim, near Mainz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11570.

Service

Units

People

  • Robert Alford

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #448489 Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was ...

  • Warren Berg

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    37 missions , two combat tours. Tour #1 March - July 1944 -30 missions. Tour #2 October 1944 - 13 January 1945. Shot down near Mainz, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). Camps Nurnberg & Moosburg. Released by Gen. Patton's troops 29 April 1945. ...

  • Melvin Buckner

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot, Pilot, Mission | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA at Gustausborg in B-17 #448489 Was from the 339thBG he was the C. O> went along as command pilot on this fllight. Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner

  • Roy Collier

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #448489 Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was

  • Paul Hollen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1/13/45, landed at the Bishops Harbor, Mainz Germany. I received head, face, and body lacerations from being blown or thrown from the aircraft (B-17 44-8489). Came to at approx. 12,000 ft., pulled the red handle, it failed, pulled up the...

  • Venard Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA at Gustausborg in B-17 #448489 Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was functioning as Lead N

  • Merlin Miller

    Military | Major | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #448489. Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and Miller's old comrade, Warren Berg was...

  • William Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #448489 Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was

  • Pete Re

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA at Gustausborg in B-17 #448489 Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was functioning as Lead N

  • Louis Rodrigues

    Military | Lieutenant | SP, V Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA at Gustausborg in B-17 #448489. Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was functioning as Lead

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 13 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 01:12:32 Jennifer Changes to nicknames
Sources

The pilot Merlin (Gary) Miller was my grandfather.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11570 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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