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42-29704

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Alconbury 29/3/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 2m, battle damaged L’Orient, crash landed RAF Exeter 17/5/43 with R.P. Bender. 10RTD.; Salvaged 18/5/43. SPOOK.

Service

Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bender

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230286 'Spook IV' ditched in Channel on 28 June 1943. Returned to base. Earlier on May 17, 1943, landed with 2 engines out in ac B-17 42-29704 'Spook'. Crew escaped uninjured

  • Earl Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230286 'Spook IV' ditched in Channel on 28 June 1943. Returned to base. B-17 #423321 'Kathy Jane II' ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base.

  • Donald Bryan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Clarke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Glick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Hillabrandt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Isaacs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-30286 'Spook IV' ditched in Channel on 28 June 1943. Returned to base.

  • Donald Merten

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230286 'Spook IV' ditched in Channel on 28 June 1943. Returned to base.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • 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...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 6 February 1943
Assigned RAF Alconbury 29 March 1943
Crashed RAF Exeter 17 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2020 02:08:55 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_11.html
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 16:24:40 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added nickname mentioned in the "Description".

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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