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42-30231

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Smoky Hill 12/5/43; Dow Field 29/5/43; Assigned 325BS/95BG [NV-Z] Alconbury 6/6/43; transferred 326BS [JW-O]; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ray Clough, Co-pilot: Jim Dickens, Navigator: Fred Bird, Bombardier: Bill Fraser, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bandy Herman, Radio Operator: Jones Jackson, Ball turret gunner: Jim Cauley, Waist gunner: Jack Calvert, Waist gunner: George Woiblett,Tail gunner: Art Bomberger (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed St Goar, 11 miles SE of Boppard, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 844.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

People

  • Frederick Bird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Arthur Bomberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jack Calvert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Cauley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ray Clough

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • James Dickens

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • William Fraser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Bandy Herman

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    11 September 1943 Munster, Germany; 15 September Gaydina, Germany; 25 September Nancy, Germany; 14 October Schweinfurt, Germany. Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW). PH/ ETO/ GC/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jones Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Woiblett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 17:06:15 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
Sources

Official records

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 16:59:15 BillBomb Changes to place associations
Sources

Official records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 844 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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