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42-31384

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-T] Polebrook 20/1/44; Missing in Action 103m Paderborn 17/1/45 with Marius Della-Cieppe, Co-pilot: Dell Harvey, Navigator: Spurgeon Clark, Bombardier: Walt Saltys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Smith, Radio Operator: Ed Venezia, Ball turret gunner: George Shearer, Waist gunner: Herman Fancher,Tail gunner: Jim Fager (9 Prisoner of War); en route to target, three engines threw oil and losing height, force landed in Holland; Missing Air Crew Report 12000. BUCKEYE BABE.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • David Basehore

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    David Basehore served as a pilot with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group, flying missions out of Polebrook. On 30 November 1944, he was flying B-17 42-31384 when he was struck on the head by flak and Killed in Action. He is buried back...

  • Spurgeon Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Nienburg on 17 Jan 45 in B=17 'Buckeye Baby' #4231384 Prisoner of War (POW) Air Medal w Oak Leaf Cluster/ETO Ribbon/POW Medal

  • Marius Della-Cieppe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Nienburg on 17 Jan 45 in B-17 'Buckeye Baby' #4231384

  • James Fager

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Nienburg in B-17 'Buckeye Baby' #42-31384 on 17 Jan 45. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Herman Fancher

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Nienburg in B-17 'Buckeye Baby' #42-31384 on 17 Jan 45, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Rufus Hanchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • George Hartz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Dell Harvey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Nienburg on 17 Jan 45 in B-17 'Buckeye Baby' #4231384

  • Walter Saltys

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier; Nose Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Nienburg on 17 Jan 45 in B-17 'Buckeye Baby' #4231384

  • George Shearer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Nienburg on 17 Jan 45 in B-17 'Buckeye Baby' #4231384

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Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2014 11:37:04 Lucy May Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added nickname to the nickname field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12000 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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