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42-29756

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Walker 26/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Mitchell 8/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Grafton Underwood 20/4/43; Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Bill McKell, Co-pilot: Chas Sweeney, Navigator: Stewart Bachtelle, Bombardier: Alf Anderagg, Radio Operator: Marlowe Smithson (5 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Treece, Ball turret gunner: Roy Crozier, Waist gunner: Ben Green, Waist gunner: Lloyd Fisher, Tail gunner: Frank Waterman - body recovered 14/8/43 (5 Killed in Action); shot down by enemy aircraft crashed Baltic Sea between Pellworm and Hallikoog, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 16142 (15829?) . BIG CHIEF II.

Service

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. ...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alfred Anderegg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Alfred F. Anderegg, B-17 Bombardier, USAAF, Eighth Air Force, 96th Bomb Group (U.K.), ex-POW, Stalag Luft III (100 miles SE of Berlin. Barracks 128, South Compound). The North Compound of Stalag Luft III was where The Great Escape took place. ...

  • Stewart Bachtelle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Crozier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lloyd Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benjamin Green

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William McKell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Flew 8 missions with the 306th BG until July 1942. Besides being a pilot in the 306th, he was the Assistant Supply Officer. Then became a first pilot in the 96th BG. Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7A Moosburg...

  • Marlowe Smithson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Sweeney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Lt. Charles Sweeney was my Fathers Cousin (Lt. John W. Smith - 466th. Bomb Group). They grew up together and were like Brothers. Before his passing Charles authored a short autobiography. I have condensed his WW2 Service / POW story in a Blog. ...

  • George Treece

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Waterman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29756, Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Europe 13 June 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2020 03:26:20 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 21:48:09 kstrykerAK Changes to markings, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 28, 31, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15829 / MACR 16142 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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