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42-30114

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43; Assigned 381BG Ridgewell 8/5/43; transferred 95BG Alconbury, with Don Merten crash landed base 28/5/43; MU 19/8/43 for repair; transferred RCM 335BS/95BG [BG-L] Horham 13/9/43; 1m Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43 with Kenneth B. Rongstad, Co-pilot: Warren M. Strawn, Navigator: Richard E. Diete, Bombardier: Joseph F. Spicer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: A.R. Eckort, Radio Operator: Gordon V. Sorensen, Ball turret gunner: A.L. Godek, Waist gunner: Charles E. Phinney, Waist gunner: Julius W. Torok,Tail gunner: Louis M. Mirabel (10 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea; all rescued.

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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Diete

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • A Eckort

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30114. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Aloysius Godek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Merten

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-30286 'Spook IV' ditched in Channel on 28 June 1943. Returned to base.

  • Charles Phinney

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Kenneth Rongstad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 B17 42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Gordon Sorensen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B17#42-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Joseph Spicer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Warren Strawn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    * 19 November 1943 : B1742-31123 took off on mission to Germany. When it failed to gain flying speed and was banking to turn, it stalled and crashed at Redlingfield, Suffolk. All 10 men on board killed. Full details on the crash and crew at ...

  • Julius Torok

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 : B17#42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 28 May 1943

Crash landed base 28/5/43. Pilot Lt Donald H Merten.

Crashed North Sea 20 October 1943

Missing in Action Duren 20/10/43. Cause - enemy aircraft, ditched North Sea; all rescued. (10 x RTD).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 21:46:44 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-30114

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 08:45:35 ED-BB Changes to description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

FREEMAN's "The Mighty Eight War Diary"
Radio Operator was Sorensen, not Sorenson.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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