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42-29725

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-G] Bassingbourn 10/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-U] Alconbury 30/7/43; slight mid-air collision with 42-29962 (96BG) force landed 13 miles north of Portsmouth, UK with Ralph Bruce 30/8/43;

Missing in Action St Andre de L'Eure 3/9/43 with Ralph Bruce, Co-pilot: Sabron McQueen, Navigator: Dave Prosser, Bombardier: Bert Theiss, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hedley Cassidy, Radio Operator: Mike Fleszar, Waist gunner: Bob Muir (7 evaded capture); Ball turret gunner: Milton Seldon, Waist gunner: Regis McDonnell, Tail gunner: Simeon McGuire (3 Prisoner of War), enemy aircraft, crashed Touran, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 659. HI-LO JACK.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Bruce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Bruce managed to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance. He was first hidden by Frenchman Lucian Barbillon, his wife and son Gabriel, in Lucian Barbillon's house in Trilbardou, France. Bruce...

  • Hedley Cassidy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Mike Fleszar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Regis McDonell

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Simeon McGuire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Simeon McGuire was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sabron McQueen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded.

  • Robert Muir

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Robert Muir was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29725 "Hi-Lo Jack", shot down over France on the 3 September 1943 mission to Romilly-Sur-Seine (Paris). Robert managed to evade capture with the help of many French citizens and members of the Résistance,...

  • David Prosser

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Evaded. He arrived back in England 18 Dec 1943.

  • Milton Seldin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229725. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bertram Theiss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Bertram Theiss was Bombardier on board B-17 #42-29725, shot down 3 September 1943 over France. Evaded.

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...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2018 14:30:41 Lucy May Changes to description and events
Sources

Changed first name from Simon to Simeon. Source:
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 659 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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