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A bomber crew of the 351st Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress.

Handwritten caption: 'Technical Sergeant James E Ellis, Staff Sergeant Maurice J Franzblau, Sergeant Clarence B McGuire, Sergeant Fenton D Strohmeyer, Sergeant Guido Signoretti, Sergeant John Swarts, Second Lieutenant John M Morton, Second Lieutenant Donald Fish, Second Lieutenant William J Fuerth and Lieutenant McCaleb D Taylor of the the 351th Bomb Group, 511 Squadron.
2nd Lt. Warren J Bragdon filled in as Co-Pilot for Lt. Donald Fish as he was flying lead ship on 570 Bomb Group in Polebrook, England.'

Connections

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Ellis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Fish

    Military | Lieutenant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down in A/C 297381 on 6 August 1944. RTD

  • Maurice Franzblau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Fuerth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence McGuire

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Morton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Guido Signoretti

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Fenton Strohmeyer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Swarts

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Member of Fishs' crew. The day the crew went down, Swarts was out with a burned eyelid and Lt. Fish had been transferred to another plane. Only 2 members of the original crew to survive ...

  • McCaleb Taylor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 12:43:57 Memory Book Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Image courtesy of John S Swarts

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