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42-29874

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/43; Pueblo 14/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-J] Polebrook 16/4/43; battle damaged Bochum 8m 12/8/43 with Jose Garcia, Co-pilot: Groth, Navigator: B. Scholan, Bombardier: Sheets; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Zibas, Radio Operator: Ralph Crane, Ball turret gunner: Tomas Romero, Waist gunner: Zeitler, Waist gunner: Bent (9RTD – 3wia);Tail gunner: Ed Henninger (Killed in Action); ?; crash landed Leiston a/fd, Sfk, UK; Salvaged 16/8/43. EL CONQUISTADOR.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Bent

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behing and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up...

  • Ralph Crane

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behing and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up...

  • Jose Garcia

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behind and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up at...

  • Nfn Groth

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behing and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up...

  • Edward Henninger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behind and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, Henninger was killed and 3 injured, plane...

  • Tomas Romero

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ball turret gunner

  • B Scholan

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behing and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up...

  • Nfn Sheets

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behing and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up...

  • Seymour Zeitler

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 #42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behind and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up at...

  • Peter Zibas

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B-17 #42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behing and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up at...

Places

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 05:26:18 LastPost Changes to media associations
Sources

U.S. Air Force photo.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 05:23:05 LastPost Changes to nicknames
Sources

U.S. Air Force photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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