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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; MacDill 18/2/44; Morrison 6/3/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Sterparone 16/3/44; transferred 96BS/2BG Amendola 31/3/44; Missing in Action 73m Blechhammer 17/10/44 with Don Peart, Co-pilot: John Mumma, Navigator: Elliott Kaplan, Bombardier: Tom Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Orie Lee, Radio Operator: Jim Growneyarm shot off while attempting to go over the wire, Ball turret gunner: Marion Green, Waist gunner: Bill McWalters,Tail gunner: Andy Fereico (9 Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 44-6379, #1 engine out, crashed Malacky; all nine chutes seen; Missing Air Crew Report 9208. OLD BIRD.



  • 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. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 483rd Bomb Group

    483rd Bomb Group

    'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...

  • 96th Bomb Squadron
  • 815th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Assigned Sterparone Airfield, Italy 16 March 1944


Assigned Amendola Airfield, Italy 31 March 1944


Shot Down/Mid-Air Collision Malacky, Slovakia 17 October 1944

Don Peart Crew

Delivered Cheyenne, WY


Date Contributor Update
09 December 2020 01:43:50 466thHistorian Changes to description and events

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2020 01:43:38 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log