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42-107092

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-E] Deenethorpe 23/3/44 FRECKLES!; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jay Ossiander, Co-pilot: Roy Cooper, Navigator: Dominick Manolio, tog-Don Rouse, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Penrose Reagan, Radio Operator: Walt Dengler, Ball turret gunner: Ancil Anderson, Waist gunner: George Clarke,Tail gunner: Tom Higdon (9INT); flak, #2 & #3 both feathered, force landed Dubendorf, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 7825. UMBRIAGO!

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Acker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) ...

  • Ancil Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • William Asbell

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Trimble crew. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star). Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

  • George Clarke

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • Roy Cooper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • Walter Dengler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • Thomas Higdon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • Dominick Manolio

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092

  • Jay Ossiander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42-107092, Interned (INT).

  • Penrose Reagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/31/44 in B-17 Umbriago #42107092. While interned in Switzerland, Penrose (Ray) Reagan was selected to star in the movie "The Last Chance" (1945) directed by Leopold Lindtberg. This movie won the Grand...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 280

    26 March 1944
    9 V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise, France area and 7 V-Weapon sites in the Cherbourg, France area are the targets of this mission. A combined force of 573 heavy bombers from all three Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 31 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 17:03:49 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=107092

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2021 20:54:28 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=107092

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7825 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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