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42-31532

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 18/11/43; Gt Falls 6/12/43; New Castle 14/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-G] Podington 4/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Henry Murdock, Co-pilot: Frank Evans, Navigator: Martin Maher, Bombardier: Paul Marts, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bryant, Radio Operator: George Anderson,Tail gunner: John Verona (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Bernie Kandcer, Waist gunner: Jack Williamson, Waist gunner: Carl Chumbley (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed between Merfeld & Bornste, NW of Dulmen, Westfalen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3415. BLACK MAGIC.

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

  • Frank Amazeen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • George Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by FW190s, B-17G #42-31532 crashed NW of Culman/Westfalen, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by FW190s, B-17G #42-31532 crashed NW of Culman/Westfalen, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Chumbley

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by FW190s, B-17G #42-31532 crashed NW of Culman/Westfalen, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Clements

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group

  • Frank Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by FW190s, B-17G #42-31532 crashed NW of Culman/Westfalen, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Hunt

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

  • Bernard Kandcer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by FW190s, B-17G #42-31532 crashed NW of Culman/Westfalen, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Douglas Lansing

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

  • Martin Maher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by FW190s, B-17G #42-31532 crashed NW of Culman/Westfalen, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

Places

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 23 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 00:43:51 Black Magic Changes to description
Sources

Martz should be Marts.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2018 20:28:39 Black Magic Changes to nicknames
Sources

Verona family.

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2018 20:26:38 Black Magic Changes to media associations
Sources

UPL 31240

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3415 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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