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42-29701

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-B] Polebrook 17/4/43; Missing in Action {1m} Kiel 19/5/43 with Bob Mansfield, Navigator: Dave Nash, Bombardier: Sid White (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Don Jasinek, Radio Operator: Elmer Peterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Anchors, Waist gunner: Cliff Cole, Ball turret gunner: Louis Strumolo, Waist gunner: Willard Backman,Tail gunner: Tom Higgins (7 Prisoner of War); flak hit #3 which was smoking badly, bombs were dropped then ditched Baltic Sea; Missing Air Crew Report 15719. IN THE MOOD.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Anchors

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Willard Backman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 42-29701 'In the Mood'. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Cole

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Higgins

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leonard Jasinek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Mansfield

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Nash

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29701 'In the Mood'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Peterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Strumolo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alec White

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4229701 'In the Mood. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) Baltic Sea 19 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15719 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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