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42-30188

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-S] Snetterton 12/6/43 KATS SASS II; lost engine on take off for Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Joe Meacham, Co-pilot: Gene Aldridge, Navigator: Rich Murdoch, Bombardier: Max Helderman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Shealy (wia), Radio Operator: George Blackburn, Ball turret gunner: George Marling, Waist gunner: Albt Staples, Waist gunner: Rich Chapman, Tail gunner: Bill Waton, pass-Lt Bill Giesecke (11 Returned to Duty); unable to get back to base was forced to crash land East Shropham, Nfk, UK; was CAT’S SASS then TEMPTATION.

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. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • George Blackburn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Chapman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Giesecke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD.

  • Max Helderman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return Brux, Czech shot down, crashed at Kamberg, Germany 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97654. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4861. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • George Marling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4297620. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Meacham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD ...

  • Richard Murdoch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. Then assigned to 'Goering's Nightmare'. On 24 Apr 1944 on operational mission...

  • Herbert Shealy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD.

  • Albert Staples

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD.

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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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 25 April 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF.

Assigned Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 12 June 1943

Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-S] 12/6/43

Crashed Shropham, Attleborough NR17 1EJ, UK 4 February 1944

Crash Landing 3 miles Nth Snetterton Cat 5 damage Lt Joseph F Meachem, 4-Feb-44.

B-17F 42-30188 - 413BS 96BG 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 August 2020 22:10:36 jhuston79 Changes to description
Sources

Fixed minor grammatical error.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 02:56:24 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 18:47:44 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-30188&Submit4=Go
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=97668

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 15:07:56 jhuston79 Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal collection of Fred A. Huston

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2017 15:46:49 ozymandias Changes to unit associations and person associations
Sources

Disassociated Richard Herren who served with the 388th Bomb Group.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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