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42-97385

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Sheridan 12/3/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-X] Nuthampstead 4/5/44; (49m) Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 8/9/44 with Warren Wade, Ball turret gunner: Wilbert Burns,Tail gunner: Gene Gamba (3KIA, shot in an escape attempt); Co-pilot: Theo Prevost, Navigator: Burt BreamWounded in Action, Radio Operator: John Rex, Waist gunner: Harrison Brooks (4 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Bill Howell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Ritter (2 evaded capture); mech fault, #1 & #2 feathered, crashed Prunier, SW of Dieuze, E of Nancy, Fr; Salvaged 5 SAD Merville, Fr, 29/3/45. Missing Air Crew Report 8605. SHADY LADY.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Arndell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group
    Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Burt Bream

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rechicourt on 9/8/44 in B-17 Shady Lady #4297385 POW

  • Harrison Brooks

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rechicourt on 9/8/44 in B-17 Shady Lady #4297385 POW

  • Wilbert Burns

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Rechicourt in B-17 Shady Lady #4297385

  • Eugene Gamba

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Rechicourt in B-17 Shady Lady #4297385

  • William Howell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Rechicourt on 8th September 1944 in B-17 Shady Lady 42-97385. Evaded capture.

  • Theodore Prevost

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Rechicourt on 9/8/44 in B-17 Shady Lady #4297385. In Stalag Luft 1 POW, Air Medal

  • John Rex

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator; Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rechicourt on 9/8/44 in B-17 hady Lady #4297385 POW

  • Robert Ritter

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Rechicourt on 9/8/44 in B-17 Shady Lady #4297385; Returned to England 22 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status.

  • Warren Wade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Rechicourt in B-17 Shady Lady #42-97385, Killed in Action (KIA). Aircraft lost Ludwigahaven 8 Sep 1944

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Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2016 19:07:28 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
Sources

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8605 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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