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42-102516

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44;

Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; 32 missions. BRONX BOMBER I

Missing in Action Le Manoir/Rouen 13/8/44 with pilot Harry Weekley, Bombardier: Ray Delbart (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ben Clark, Navigator: Paul James, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Skarda, Radio Operator: Lou Buschbaum, Ball turret gunner: Joe Fabian, Waist gunner: Gene Leonard,Tail gunner: Bob Stickel (7 evaded capture); flak KO’d engine #3, crashed Bacqueville, SE of Lammerville, France;

Missing Air Crew Report 7910

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

  • Louis Buchsbaum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 42-102516

  • Benjamin Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42102516; Returned to England 4 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status

  • Raymond Delbart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42102516 Jan 1945 from Missing in Action (MIA) to Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Joe Fabian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD). Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42-102516. Returned to England 4 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status.

  • Paul James

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42102516. Returned to England 5 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status

  • Gene Leonard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42102516. Returned to England 4 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status

  • Joseph Skarda

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B17 #42102516. Returned to England 4 Sept 1944.

  • Robert Stickel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Bosville on 8/13/44 in B-17 #42102516. Returned to England 4 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status.

  • Harold Weekley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Harold "Hal" Weekley was shot down on 13 August 1944 on his 20th mission in B-17 42-102516, bombing a bridge at Le Manoir, France. The crew bailed out at 25,000 feet, all survived, some captured, some evaded. ...

  • Richard Windmueller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

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) Le Manoir, France 13 August 1944
Crashed Bacqueville, France 13 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 17:07:49 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description and place associations
Sources

Made Connection from existing information in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7910 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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