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42-3497

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/7/43; Gore Fd 15/8/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 8/9/43; 5m, Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Lionel Correia, Co-pilot: Don Dunhaver, Navigator: Richard Coffey, Bombardier: Frederick Davis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Otis Ashworth, Ball turret gunner: James Bailey, Waist gunner: Roger Black, Waist gunner: Roland Alexenberg, Tail gunner: Richard Crawford (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Jerome Schneider (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Ruhof Farm at Vreden-Lunten, near Haaksbergen, Holland, 32 miles NW of Munster. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 943.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Roland Alexenberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Otis Ashworth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roger Black

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eldon Broman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Chaffin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Coffey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lionel Correia

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3497. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Crawford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #423497. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Lünten, 48691 Vreden, Germany 10 October 1943 – 10 October 1943

Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43. Enemy aircraft, crashed Ruhof Farm at Vreden-Lunten, near Haaksbergen, Holland, 32 miles NW of Munster. (9 x POW, 1 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 943.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2020 21:24:40 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2018 07:57:56 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Mission Number added and first names of some cre members completed under Biography

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 19:46:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 943 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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