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42-29738

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky 28/3/43; Kearney 25/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-U] Podington 1/6/43; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 13/7/43; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Bob Coggeswell, Co-pilot: Paul Tippet, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: John Kennedy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gil Bengtson, Radio Operator: Ed Deerfield, Ball turret gunner: Paul Davis, Waist gunner: Elmer Peterson, Waist gunner: Alvin Etheredge, Tail gunner: Harry Timm (10 Returned to Duty);

Enemy aircraft KO’d two engines & ditched North Sea, 25 miles off Felixstowe, Sfk; all crew picked up by Air Sea Rescue in 35 minutes! THE UPSTAIRS MAID.

Service

Units

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron
  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Gilbert Bengston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • L Bowa

    Military | Technical Sergeant | GND
    A/C #42-29738 ORG 100TH DEPLOYMENT-Bombsight MAINT. NOC

  • Edward Cobb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. On 30-Jul-43, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived,...

  • Robert Cogswell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations. ...

  • Paul Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30-Jul-43, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Eddie Deerfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Credited with 30 missions. First on 10-Jul-43 to Poux, France. Last on 11-May-44 to Saarbrucken, Germany. Flew most often with Captain Robert Cogswell at controls of B-17 Flying Fortress 'Iza Vailable'. ...

  • Alvin Etheredge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    13 x missions, last on 27-Aug-43. On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived,...

  • John Kennedy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Harry McMillion

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Line Chief

  • Elmer Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

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Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Felixstowe, UK 30 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 18:57:52 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

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

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

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