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42-30172

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Walla Walla 7/5/43; Smoky Hill 21/5/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-F] Snettisham 12/6/43; crash landed Wolferton, Nfk; 19/8/43 with Jim Attaway, Co-pilot: Matt Vinson (Wounded in Action), Navigator: Chas Norderer, Bombardier: John Miller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Woods, Radio Operator: Bob Huff, Ball turret gunner: Larry Moore, Waist gunner: John Kangles, Waist gunner: Dick Garrow, Tail gunner: John Trujillo, ComP-Col Jim Travis (11RTD - 2 minor injuries); cp Vinson brought ship back after rest bailed out, to crash landed on Wolferton Sands, Nfk. and was awarded the DSC. Salvaged 21/8/44. BLACK HEART JR.

Service

Units

People

  • James Attaway

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29766 'Black Heart' on June 13, 1943 suffered fighter damage killing RWG Paubionsky. 19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30172 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out.

  • Richard Garron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30152 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out and returned.

  • Robert Huff

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29766 'Black Heart' on June 13, 1943 suffered fighter damage killing RWG Paubionsky. 19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30172 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out.

  • John Kangles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29766 'Black Heart' on June 13, 1943 suffered fighter damage killing RWG Paubionsky. 19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30172 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out and returned.

  • John Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30152 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out and returned.

  • Charles Norderer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31896. KLD. ...

  • James Travis

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 96th Bomb Group
    19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30152 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out and returned. Travis is listed as 11th crewman and a copilot.

  • John Trujillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29766 'Black Heart' on June 13, 1943 suffered fighter damage killing RWG Paubionsky. 19 Aug 1943 Black Heart Jr. 42-30152 caught fire with explosions. Crew bailed out and returned. ...

  • Matthew Vinson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    8/19/43 Plane was 'Blackheart Junior'. Vinson watched as his crew members bailed out of his burning bomber. He had no parachute so he rode the plane down and crash landed it a few feet from a heavily mined area on a north-east Englansh beach. An...

  • Robert Woods

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radio Operator; Squadron communications Officer | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew as part of Attaway crew. Completed 25 missions in 1943. B-17 #42-29766 'Black Heart' on June 13, 1943 suffered fighter damage killing RWG Paubionsky. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

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
Crashed Wolferton Sands, Norfolk 19 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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