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42-29748

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salinas 10/3/43; Presque Is 5/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX- ] Grafton Underwood 27/4/43; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Howard Rossman, Co-pilot: Leon Goode, Navigator: Paul Harris, Bombardier: Harry Crispin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lloyd Hunnicutt, Radio Operator: George O’Connell, Waist gunner: Henry Metzner, Waist gunner: Ray Walters (8 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Lou Maxwell, Tail gunner: Bill Godfrey (2 Prisoner of War); shot down by enemy aircraft crashed near Kiel; Missing Air Crew Report 15631. PARADISE LOST.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Crispin

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down over Keil Germany by German Fighters, Air Medal, Purple Heart, American Defense Medal, Honorable Service Button, Europeon Campaigh Medal, WW11 Victory Medal

  • William Godfrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Goode

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29748 'Paradise Lost', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lloyd Honeycutt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Maxwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Metzner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George O'Connell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29748 'Paradise Lost', Killed in Action (KIA). target was sub pens in Keil, Germany

  • Howard Rossman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Ray Walters

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229748 'Paradise Lost. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 June 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 21:45:44 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 28, 31, 293

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15631 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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