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42-29627

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Tinker 20/3/43; Smoky Hill 29/3/43; Presque Is 4/6/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL- ] Earls Colne 12/5/43; Missing in Action Lorient 17/5/43 with Ed Spevak, Co-pilot: Homer Contopidis, Bombardier: Don Nichols, Tail gunner: Walt Minor, Wounded in Action (4 evaded capture); Navigator: Allen Posey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fred Ford, RO Chas Morris (?John Wells), Waist gunner: Lewis Taney, Waist gunner: Don Parks (5 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Joe Melvin (Melaun) (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Lorient; (first group loss). No MACR. MIDNIGHT.

Service

People

  • Homer Contopidis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Evaded.

  • Frederick Ford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Prisoner of War (POW). Silver Star, Bronze Star, Flying Cross

  • Joseph Melvin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Minor

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Evaded.

  • Donald Nichols

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Evaded.

  • Donald Parks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Allen Posey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Spevak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. EVD.

  • Lewis Taney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29627 'Midnight'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 58

    17 May 1943
    VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2020 21:07:29 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission for 17 May 1943.

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2020 20:06:32 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
Sources

Added "B17" to the "Production block number".

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2020 20:04:18 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space(s) to the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 15:59:04 dan35 Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

http://www.absa3945.com/Pertes%20Bretagne/Finistere/pertes_usaaf_finiste...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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