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42-31618

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Rock Springs 8/12/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Grenier 20/1/44; Assigned 750BS/457BG [D] Glatton 27/1/44; 748BS; Missing in Action Florennes 14/6/44 with Jim LaPaze, Bombardier: Chas Rogers, Radio Operator: Elmer Velicer, Ball turret gunner: Delbert Brookhart (4 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Lou McGranahan, Navigator: Keith Morgan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Baker, Waist gunner: Oscar Hightower, Tail gunner: Chester Hudec (5 Killed in Action); flak damage, crew bailed off Hastings, Sussex, UK, aircraft crashed Channel; Missing Air Crew Report 5905. OUR BABY.

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...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron
  • 750th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Delbert Brookhart

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Escaped and Returned.

  • Oscar Hightower

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Chester Hudec

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Malcolm Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Champdeuil, Fr 6/14/44 in B-17 #42-97062. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James LaPaze

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Escaped and Returned.

  • Louis McGranahan

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in Channel. Killed in Action(KIA).

  • Keith Morgan

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Killed in Action (KIA) AM/ PH

  • Charles Rogers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 'Lady Margaret'. Bailed out over channel. Returned. "We left 3 on board who were Killed in Action (KIA), two others drowned in the Channel". DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Elmer Velicer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42-31618 which ditched in channel. Escaped and Returned.

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) Over Water (OW) English Channel 14 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 18:46:35 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 18:42:34 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5905 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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