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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W. G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co-pilot: Tom Harvey, Navigator: Rudi Kelody, Bombardier: Sgt Elbert McKernan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester Bohlender, Radio Operator: Edwin Peter, Ball turret gunner: John Carr, Waist gunner: Harvey Wirth, Tail gunner: Courtney Lelly, (9 Killed in Action); mid air collision with #42-97376 (384BG), crashed Schonbeck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12889. PAISANO.



  • 42-97376 'Aunt Callie's Baby' 'She Fox' 'Lucky Lady'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 10/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-J] Horham 7/4/44 AUNT CALLIE'S BABY; on 5/9/44 with A.P. Salvia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J.S. Wood [wia]; detailed Merseburg 28/9/44 with J.C. Walter, (8...

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  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

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

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 336th Bomb Squadron


  • Chester Bohlender

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonebeck in B-17 'Paisano' #42-102450. MACR 12889.

  • Max Bunin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Carr

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonebeck in B-17 'Paisano' 42-102450.

  • Robert Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schoenbeck in B-17 'Paisano' #42-102450. MACR 12889.

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Billy Ferguson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Flygstad

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Gene Grime

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Harvey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Schonebeck in B-17 'Paisano' 42-102450.

  • Benjamin Hathaway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

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  • 861

    3 March 1945


  • 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....

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Crashed Clastres, France 29 December 1944

Force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44. Pilot Lt Warren G Helm.

Crashed Schönbeck, Germany 3 March 1945 – 3 March 1945

Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45. Cause - mid air coll with 42-97376 (384BG), crashed Schonbeck, Germany. (9 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR12889.


Date Contributor Update
25 November 2020 22:25:03 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added punctuation to the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 02:23:35 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 13:27:07 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 13:15:09 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12889 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database