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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 25/5/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 5/7/44; Missing in Action 51m Blechhammer 2/12/44 with Harvey Webb, Timberlake, Oonk, Pepon, Monroe, Corns, Freeman, Burkett, Manzer, Brousseau; flak hit Oxygen system, crashed Ratibor; no witnesses, only a radio call to lead ship at 12.45hrs; Missing Air Crew Report 10030.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor...

  • 346th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leo Brousseau

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Clarence Burkett

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Engineer | 486th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action. MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • William Corns

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Forrest Freeman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Robert Manzer

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Donald Monroe

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Donald Oonk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Harry Pepon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Jesse Timberlake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

  • Harvey Webb

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 99th Bomb Group
    Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10030. Awards: PH.

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 25 May 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 25-May-44.

Assigned Tortorella, Italy 5 July 1944

Assigned 346BS, 99BG, 15 AF USAAF 5-Jul-44.

Crashed Ratibor, Poland 2 December 1944

Missing in Action Blechhammer 2-Dec-44 flak, crashed Ratibor 10 x KIA. MACR 10030

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2018 13:23:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/139280977

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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