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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 3/12/42; West Palm Beach 9/1/43; Assigned 97BG Biskra 20/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; transferred 346BG/99BG Oudna 14/11/43; 27m/99 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Milan 30/4/44 with Hilmer Landholt, Daniels,Kleiner, Bowles, Landwehr, Gatch, Con, Davis (8 Prisoner of War); Altgelt, Goddard (2 evaded capture to Switz.) flak & enemy aircraft. crashed Vanette, Missing Air Crew Report 4612. CHIEF WAHOO.



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    15th Air Force

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  • 5th Bomb Wing

    5th Bomb Wing

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  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

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  • 346th Bomb Squadron


  • Gordon Beese

    Military | Sergeant | B-17 Waist Gunner | 99th Bomb Group

  • William Hunnewell

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 99th Bomb Group



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Date Contributor Update
16 January 2019 08:27:48 Weary Willie Changes to place associations

99th BGHS

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 05:34:07 Weary Willie Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

99th Bomb Group Historical Society

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest

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