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42-30141

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-B] Andrews Fd 1/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43.

Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Capt Milton Fulton, Co-pilot: Maj Virgil Emerson, Navigator: David Humke, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Hume, Radio Operator: Don Gordoni, Ball turret gunner: Rhae Postlewait, Waist gunner: Chas McDermott, Waist gunner: George Guest,Tail gunner: Lt Bob Anderson, obs/nav-Lt Dean Howell 339BS (10 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Larry Woolford (POW-picked up by German seaplane eight hours later); enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea, six bodies washed up weeks later.

Missing Air Crew Report 140.

LIBERTY BELLE.

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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot ; Tail Gunner, Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). This plane was a lead plane for this mission and Lt. Anderson, normally the co-pilot took the tail gunner place.

  • Virgil Emerson

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot, Squadron Commander | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. KIA. PH

  • Milton Fulton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Gordoni

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Guest

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Dean Howell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 42-30141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. KIA.

  • Lloyd Hume

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David Humke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 42-30141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. KIA.

  • Charles McDermott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 42-30141 'Liberty Belle. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). His body washed ashore at Bullum, Denmark on Augst 29th . He was buried in Denmark first then moved to Ardennes Amer. Cemetery in Belgium ...

  • Rhae Postlewait

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230141 'Liberty Bell. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Places

  • 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) Germany 28 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 00:18:48 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, markings, unit 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 & Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing Company. 1996. pages 38, 39, 41, 294, 301

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2016 10:56:47 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Correction to Humke's first name (Not Don)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 140 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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