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44-8563

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/10/44; Hunter 12/11/44; Grenier 5/12/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG Lavenham 30/12/44; Missing in Action Derben 14/1/45 with Omar Stemple, John Crotty, Durston Hildebrand {Ex nav}, John Loy, Gus George, Chas Cathcart, Lt Dave DuPre {mickey op}, Norman Wicicman, Capt Dave Reed {tg} (9 Prisoner of War); Floyd Nyhagen, Stewart Reid (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Gutenpaaren, Hol?. Missing Air Crew Report 11731.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 838th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Cathcart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner / Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 1/14/45 in B-17G #44-8563.

  • John Crotty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #44-8563.

  • David DuPre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Mickey Operator / Pathfinder Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 14 Jan 45 in B-17 #44-8563, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Gust George

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 1/14/45 in B-17 #44-8563, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Durston Hildebrand

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #44-8563

  • John Loy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #44-8563, Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Floyd Nyhagen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #44-8563. AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • David Reed

    Military | Captain | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17 #44-8563, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Stewart Reid

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #44-8563. AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Omar Stemple

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Gutenpaaren on 1/14/45 in B-17G #44-8563

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Places

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11731 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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