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42-107216

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-Y] Polebrook 7/5/44; sustained battle damaged (34m over Ulm 9/8/44 with Jim Myl, Co-pilot: Orville Bzoskie, Navigator: Mike O’Shea, Bombardier: Bob Pacquer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Re, Waist gunner: Leon Yurkus,Tail gunner: Tom Cardamona (7RTD, rescued by RAF ASR); Radio Operator: Lester McClure, Ball turret gunner: Merton Rasmussen (2KIA, died of exposure); flak, crew bailed over Bradwell Bay, Ex; Missing Air Crew Report 7391. THUNDER BALL.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Orville Bzoskie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched into channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 'Thunder Ball' #42-107216, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Cardamona

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Thunder Ball #42107216

  • Lester McClure

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Damaged by flak and ditched in Channel in B-17 Thunder Ball #42107216

  • James Myl

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    On 29th mission, bailed his crew from burning B-17 'Thunder Ball' #42-107216 while over the North Sea. Returned (RTD). DFC, AM

  • Michael O'Shea

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 24 combat missions in a B-17 as low squadron leader. Shot down twice during 4 months of combat. On August 9, 1944, 14th mission, his plane Thunder Ball #42107216 was shot down over the North Sea after bombing Germany. All of the crew bailed out...

  • Robert Pacquer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched into channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 'Thunder Ball' #42-107216.

  • Merton Rasmussen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 'Thunder Ball' #42-107216, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Laurence Re

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    RTD Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 Thunder Ball #42107216

  • Leon Yurkus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/9/44 in B-17 'Thunder Ball' #42-107216, Returned to Duty (RTD).

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 9 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7391 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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