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42-30423

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/43; Gore 31/5/43; Rapid City 16/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Alconbury 7/8/43; 326BS [JW-P]. Missing in Action Frankfurt 4 February 1944 with Pilot Lawrence H. Cook (initially evaded; arrested later); Co-pilot: Robert B. Bangs (POW); Navigator: Donald H. Caylor (died as a Prisoner of War-POW); Bombardier: Emmett H. Bell (POW); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Booth (initially evaded; arrested later); Radio Operator: Jay Joyce (POW); Ball turret gunner: John R. Kyler (POW); Right Waist gunner: John J. Alexander Jr (POW); Left Waist gunner: Milo Blakely (evaded-EVD); Tail gunner: Thomas J. Mikulka (evaded-EVD). Flak. Crashed Koersel, 9 miles North of Hasselt, Limburg Province, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2237.

See www.evasioncomete.org for details about Blakely, Booth, Cook and Mikulka.

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...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Alexander

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Bangs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Emmett Bell

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Milo Blakely

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Evaded (EVD). See the story of his evasion on his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fblakelme.html

  • John Booth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Donald Caylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Wounded, captured, died of wounds on 9 February 1944. Died Of Wounds (DOW).

  • Lawrence Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Initially evaded, helped by Belgian citizens and members of the Comète evasion network. Arrested through denounciation on 28 March 1944. Prisoner...

  • Jay Joyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Kyler

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and Flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30423. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Mikulka

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and flak on return from mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30423. Evaded (EVD). See the story of his evasion at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fmikulktj.html

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Koersel, Belgium 4 February 1944

Hit by Flak over Düsseldorf

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2020 20:47:14 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added 2 spaces in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2020 13:01:58 ED-BB Changes to markings
Sources

Freeman B-17 FF Story

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2020 12:58:55 ED-BB Changes to markings
Sources

Corrected Aircraft marking : it's JD for the 326th BS, the Squadron the Fortress belonged to (flew with a 407th BS crew on 4 February 1944...

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2020 12:50:23 ED-BB Changes to unit associations
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Corrected Squadron. #423 was a 326th BS Fortress, which was flown by a 407th BS crew on the 4 February 1944 mission...

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2020 12:35:09 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2237
Personal research for some of the crew members for website www.evasioncomete.org

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 18:27:25 RayWells Changes to person associations
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Changes to connections

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2237 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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