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42-107028

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Grenier 10/3/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-F] Snetterton 24/3/44; transferred 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 8/4/44; Missing in Action (15m) Leipzigl 28/5/44 with Alvin Determan, Radio Operator: Bob Asman, Tail gunner: Wayne Cope (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ervin Pfahler, Navigator: Jackson Palmer, Bombardier: Jim McCamy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Milton Hendrickson, Ball turret gunner: Manuel Vasquez, Waist gunner: Albt Carroccia, Waist gunner: Acel Livingston (7 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed near Beucha, W of Wolfshain, eight miles E of Leipzig; 7 KIA, 3 POW; Missing Air Crew Report 5340.

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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron
  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Asman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    11 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5340 One of only 3 surviving crew members, thrown out of A/C. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Albert Carroccia

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: PH

  • Wayne Cope

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5340 One of only 3 surviving crew members, thrown out of A/C. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alvin Determan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5340 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Milton Hendrickson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: PH

  • Acel Livingston

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: AM, PH

  • James McCamy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: PH

  • Jackson Palmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: PH See more at : http://www.303rdbg.com/news/2014-09-13.html

  • Ervin Pfahler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Liepzig 28-May-44 in B-17 42-107028, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: AM (OLC), PH, EAME (1 battle star).

  • Manuel Vasquez

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 #42-107028, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5340 Awards: PH

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered 9100 E 46th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA 1 February 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 1-Feb-44.

Assigned Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 24 March 1944

Assigned 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Molesworth, Huntingdon PE28 0QD, UK 8 April 1944

Transferred 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Beucha, Brandis, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Leipzig enemy aircraft, crashed near Beucha, West of Wolfshain, eight miles E of Leipzig; 7 x KIA 3 x POW; MACR 5340.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 19:36:08 kstrykerAK Changes to markings
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. page 293

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2020 21:43:07 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 14:43:14 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-107028&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/1/28645039
Mission 376: Battle Over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo de Jong

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2017 14:42:24 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-107028&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/1/28645039
Mission 376: Battle Over the Reich, May 28, 1944 By Ivo de Jong

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5340 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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