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42-30855

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio Operator: Marshall Abraham, Ball turret gunner: Leon Davis, Waist gunner: Tom Cole (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Cyrus Bennett, Waist gunner: Ed Rice,Tail gunner: Anthony Rose (3 Prisoner of War); flak caused severe damage, crashed Balkum, near Hesepe, 15 miles NW of Osnabruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4586. OL' MASSA.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Marshall Abraham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa' 8-May-44; shot down. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 Awards: PH.

  • Clifford Barker

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Barker, a native of Yorktown, Ind., was a burly 6-foot-2 inch forward on the 1948 Kentucky team that finished the season with a 36-3 record, the national title and the nickname of the Fabulous Five. The other starters were Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones at...

  • Lee Belknap

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cyrus Bennett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 3 x missions with 401BG. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa' 8-May-44; shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4586 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • James Boggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Boller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Cole

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions with 401BG. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa' 8-May-44; shot down. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 ...

  • John Connolly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. ETD (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Cyr

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down during bombing mission over Brunswick, Germany 30-Jan-44 in B-17 42-37856 'Fancy Nancy III'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2876 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonardo Davies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. Failed to return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44 in B-17 42-30855 'Ol' Massa'; A/C hit by flak behind ball turret. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4586 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

  • 322

    27 April 1944

  • 344

    8 May 1944

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 10 August 1942

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 10-Aug-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe, UK 3 January 1944

Assigned 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Hesepe, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin mission 8-May-44; hit by flak in fuselage beyond the ball turret parting the tail from the fuselage, crashed Balkum, near Hesepe, 15 miles NW of Osnabruck, Germany; 3 x POW, 7 x KIA MACR 4586

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 22:26:34 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=30855

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 21:41:38 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/32443993?terms=42-30855
https://www.fold3.com/image/29032261?terms=42-30855
https://www.fold3.com/image/39013781?terms=42-30855

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2018 13:24:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and unit associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 11:01:51 Lucy May Changes to events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Removed connections and events relating to B-17 42-39855 (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7237)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1068 / MACR 4586 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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