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42-29706

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Alconbury 25/4/43; 3m, Written off after another aircraft 42-29685 exploded nearby on base 27/5/43, Salvaged. PASSION FLOWER.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-29685

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Salina 17/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Alconbury 30/3/43, transferred 412BS [QW-R]; 3m. ...

  • 42-29833

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Morrison 13/4/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 92BG Alconbury 8/5/43; 412BS, 95BG Alconbury; 27-5-43 Damaged Beyond Repair DBR by debris from exploding 42-29685 bomb load, listed as salvaged n/battle damaged...

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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. ...

  • 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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Carlisle

    Military | Private | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

  • Robert Cozens

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Crossley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners.

  • Thomas Cunningham

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured. Cunningham and McCool were working at Horham with the 95th BG/ 412th BS when...

  • Wallace Henderson

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

  • Clinton Lewis

    Military | Sergeant | Mechanic | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured. Combat Sup, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop & Hey p. 134

  • Laurier Morissette

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229737 'Louise. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Palmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Mechanic | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

  • John Storie

    Military | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA. 19 May 1943. B-17F #42-29694 'Southern Belle'

  • Glen Swarts

    Military | Sergeant | Armorer | 95th Bomb Group
    KIS. 27 May 1943 in an accident at Alconbury, ground crew were loading bombs into B17s for the next day's mission when several bombs detonated. 19 were killed and 14 injured.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 7 February 1943
Assigned RAF Alconbury 25 April 1943
Damaged beyond repair DBR RAF Alconbury 27 May 1943

Written off after another aircraft 42-29685 exploded nearby on base 27/5/43.

Salvaged RAF Alconbury 30 May 1943

Salvaged.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2020 19:13:09 466thHistorian Changes to production block number and nicknames
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_11.html

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2020 19:11:48 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/31

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 16:04:12 Paul Bellamy Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Loss location corrected from Framlingham to Alconbury.
(Source: 1AD HQ Archive - 92BG records, 95BG records, 1st Bomb Division records)

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 11:37:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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