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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 25/4/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Field 1/6/43. Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 16/6/43 (8 missions). "WE AIN'T SCARED".

Missing in Action Bonn 12 August 1943 - enemy aircraft shot out #4; crashed Kattenbos, three miles S of Lommel, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 253.

Pilot Captain Clifford B. Hamilton, Co-pilot Major Clifford E. Cole, Navigator: 1st Lt Leroy F. Lawson, Bombardier 1st Lt Virgil W. Jones, Radio Operator/Gunner T/Sgt Lydle C. Ocheltree, Flight engineer/top turret gunner T/Sgt John L. Anderson, Ball turret gunner S/Sgt Claude E. De Verger, Left Waist gunner: S/Sgt Cleo H. Gardner, Right Waist gunner Colonel Daniel W. Jenkins, Tail gunner: Lt Colonel Churchill L. Scott, Observer 1st Lt John J. Lee.

Five men were Killed in Action: Captain Hamilton, T/Sgt Ocheltree, S/Sgt Deverger, S/Sgt Gardner and Lt. Colonel Scott.

Five men were made Prisoners of War: Lt Lawson, Lt Jones, T/Sgt Anderson, Colonel Jenkins and Lt Lee.

Co-Pilot Major Clifford Cole managed to evade capture thanks to Belgian and French patriots and Résistance members. Guided through Belgium and France, he reached Spain on 8 October 1943 and was back in England on 18 October 1943.

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clifford Cole

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Evaded. Returned to London October 1943

  • Claud DeVerger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Claude E DeVerger served as a ball turret gunner with the 95th Bomb Group. His B-17 #4230194 was shot down on 12 August 1943 over Belgium, returning from the Bonn raid, and he was Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Cleo Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Hamilton

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Daniel Jenkins

    Military | Colonel | Flexible gunnery officer - Right Waist Gunner on the 12 August 1943 mission | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Virgil Jones

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Lawson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Lee

    Military | Lieutenant | Observer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 over Belgium returning from Bonn raid in B-17 #4230194 'We Ain't Scared. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lydle Ocheltree

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    15 missions 1943: May 19 Flemsberg; 21 Emden; 29 Rennes; Jun 11 Wilhelmshaven; 13 Kiel; 22 Huls; 25 Bremen; 28 St. Nazaire; 29 Lemans; Jul 10 Le Bourget; 17 Hamburg; 24 Trondheim; 25 Kiel; 28 Oschersleben; Aug 12 Bonn. Killed in Action (KIA) over...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Kattenbos, Lommel, Belgium 12 August 1943 – 12 August 1943

Missing in Action Bonn 12/8/43. Cause - enemy aircraft shot out #4 crashed Kattenbos, three miles S of Lommel, Belgium. (1 x EVD, 5 x POW, 5 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 253.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2016 14:07:40 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 253

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 18:58:17 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 253 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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