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42-30273

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 17/6/43; with R.C. Cozens force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43; Missing in Action (18m) Munster 10/10/43 with Bill Buckley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Sluder, Radio Operator: Ralph Piner, Ball turret gunner: Harry Balmer, Waist gunner: Leo Baron (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Fred Kennie, Navigator: Bob Barto, Bombardier: Edison Janney, Waist gunner: Don Reinhart (4 Prisoner of War), Tail gunner: Ed Burlingham (Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft blew off complete tail, crashed Bertling House, Sinningen, 13 miles N of Munster, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 942. PATSY ANN III.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harry Balmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leo Baron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Barto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Buckley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Burlingham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edison Janney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Kennie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Lindley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Piner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Reinhart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30273 'Patsy Ann III'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27, UK 28 June 1943

Force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43.

Crashed Sinningen, 48369 Saerbeck, Germany 10 October 1943 – 10 October 1943

Missing in Action (18m) Munster 10/10/43. Enemy aircraft blew off complete tail, crashed Bertling House, Sinningen, 13 miles N of Munster, Ger; (5 x KIA, 4 x POW, 1 x RTD) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 942.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 20:32:37 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Changed the nickname to upper case per photo of A/C.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 20:20:29 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 15:13:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
c-700s557.cg.eu.jci.com/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 942 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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