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42-37910

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/10/43; Gr Island 27/10/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 15/12/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Clarry Tate, Co-pilot: Jim Heathcock, Navigator: Bob Carter, Bombardier: Bill Hatcher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Hobbs, Radio Operator: John Augustine, Ball turret gunner: Harry Waldron, Waist gunner: Pete Adams, Waist gunner: Jack Smith, Tail gunner: Mario Romero (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eglingen, near Aalen, Wurtemberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3768.

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Peter Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Augustine

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Carter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hatcher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Heathcock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Howard Hobbs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Kropp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Robert John Kropp was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 18 Nov 1915. As a child, he worked as a newsboy. He graduated high school and college and worked for a long time as treasurer at McGillis and Gibbs, a company that sold telephone poles. Robert...

  • Mario Romero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Tate

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37910. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 03:27:05 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 03:25:28 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3768 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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