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42-31596

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Billings 29/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Assigned 750BS/457BG Glatton 26/12/44; Missing in Action Achmer 21/2/44 1st group loss with Llewellyn Bredeson, Co-pilot: George Barnes, Navigator: Bob Whitby, Bombardier: Sam Kalman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Collins, Radio Operator: Len Luchonok, Ball turret gunner: John Lewis, Waist gunner: Walt Jutze, Waist gunner: Louis Rigaud (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Bill Schenkel (Killed in Action); flak hits & enemy aircraft, crashed Bottorf, four miles W of Quackenbruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3004.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Barnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Llewellyn Bredeson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Collins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag IV POW, Purple heart

  • Walter Jutze

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Samuel Kalman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, Germany on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Luchonok

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Rigaud

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Schenkel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Whitby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Gutersloh, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-31596. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3004 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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