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The damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30105) nicknamed "Slightly Dangerous" of the 95th Bomb Group that was shot down over St. Didier des Bois in Normandy. Image via S Blandin. First handwritten caption on reverse: 'St Didier De Bois (Normandie France) 10th July 1944, four survivors, 2 POW, 2 Evaded. Lt Paul Ruska, Jenning Miller POW and CP McLowing, RDS- harding escapees.'



  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb 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...


  • 42-30105 'Exterminator' 'Slightly Dangerous'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/4/43; Tinker 12/5/43; Lincoln 20/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-R] Framlingham 6/6/43 EXTERMINATOR; Horham 12/6/43; 4m, Missing in Action Le Bourget 10/7/43 with Jim Sarchet, Co-pilot: Ron McMullen, Bombardier:...


Date Contributor Update
09 October 2014 12:02:17 Ozzie Changes to caption

From 'Losses of the 8th & 9th AAFs' - Stan Bishop & Jan Hey OBE.
B-17F-85-BO 42-30105 QW:R “Slightly Dangerous” (4) 95BG,412BS.
P *1 Lt James R Sarchet CP ~2 Lt Robert M McCowen
N *2 Lt Donald S McMullen B *2 Lt Arthur F Price
E +T/Sgt Paul J Ruska RO ~S/Sgt Donald E Harding
BTG *S/Sgt Leonard A Budnik LWG *S/Sgt John A Luttrell
RWG +T/Sgt Jenning L Liller TG *S/Sgt Edwin M Harmon
MACR 4902:- T/O Horham, assigned target the airfield at Le Bourget, France. All four Groups of the 4BW had to abandon mission over
France. On the return flight a/c exploded in mid-air after fighter attacks and crashed at St Didier-des-Bois (Eure), in the Evreux area of
France. 6 KIA 2 POW 2 EVD.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:19 AAM AAM ingest

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