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  • 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: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Costales

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • Melvin Dunham

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 18 missions from December 1943 to March 1944. Shot down by fighters after losing an engine and falling behind and crashed NE of Stendal, GR on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31785 'Slightly Dangerous'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • K Knowlton

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Scott

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30178 "Darlin' Dolly"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Presque Is 24/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-S] Framlingham 29/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; with J.E. Koehler force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43; 45m, transferred 388BG APH Knettishall 4/44; 803BS RCM Oulton 16/5...

  • 42-30181 'Herky Jerky II' 'Lover Boy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24-Apr-43; Smoky Hill 5-May-43; Kearney 29-May-43; Atlanta 2-Jun-43; Dow Field 16-Jun-43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Framlingham 19-Jun-43 HERKY JERKY II; Horham 15-Jun-43; with force landed Framlingham AF 10-Oct-43 with Pilot R.E....

  • 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-U] Horham 15/6/43; Missing in Action (21m) Munster 10/10/43 with Eldon Broman, Co-pilot: John Chaffin, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Paul Guiteras...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-31561 "Just Elmer’s Tune"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 17/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 24/12/43; 11m, Missing in Action Rostock 24/2/44 with Elmer Costales, Co-pilot: Steve Kish, Bombardier: Lars Skoug, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-31600 'Spirit Of New Mexico' aka 'Uncle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 15/12/43; San Bernardino 20/12/43; Grenier 21/12/43; Presque Is 23/12/32; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-T] Horham 2/1/44 PRIDE OF NEW MEXICO; 335BS [OE-M]; 91m, Missing in Action Osnabruck 21/11/44 with Roy Schoaf, Co-pilot...

  • 42-31785 'Slightly Dangerous II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Denver 22/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-N] Horham 4/2/44; 10m, Missing in Action Berlin 4/3/44 with Melvin Dunham, Co-pilot: Bob Renner, Navigator: John Matthews, Bombardier: Everett Lund,...

  • 42-3266 'Sitting Bull'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-T] Horham 17/7/43; transferred 335BS [OE-T]; 11m, Missing in Action Romilly 15/9/43 with Joe Noyes washed up Berck-Plage two weeks later, Co-pilot: Dave Prees, Navigator: Frank Roth,...

  • 42-6080 'Floozie Flossy' 'Mary Ruth the WeWa Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 15-Jul-43; Cheyenne 18/7/43; (Fitted with Sperry gyroscope); Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Horham 3/9/43; force landed Metfield Afd with L.G. Hamby 16-Dec-43; force landed Tibenham Afd with J.D. Pearson 5-Jan-44; force landed...

  • 42-6098 Superstitious Aloysius

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 22/7/43; Cheyenne 25/7/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-R] Horham; with J. D. Scott, Radio Operator - Clyde Myer [wia 26/11/43]; ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

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Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Enlisted Elwood City, PA 27 May 1923
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA 5 February 1942
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 25 June 1943
Died Fremont, NE January 1968
Buried Elwood City, PA January 1968

Locust Grove Cemetery
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