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42-5888

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Lincoln 22/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Earls Colne 27/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; Missing in Action Emden 7/9/43 with Harley Roberts, Co-pilot: Ed Nelson, Navigator: Sam Posner, Bombardier: Wilbert Peterson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cucial Roberts, Radio Operator: Bill Breaton, Ball turret gunner: Paul Muha, Waist gunner: John O’Brien, Waist gunner: Patrick Bolger, obs-Lt Junior Dingman (10 Killed in Action); Tail gunner: Dick Scott (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, exploded near Norden, N of Emden, crashed Schoowerth, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 732. ELUSIVE ELCY.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Patrick Bolger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart, Air Medal

  • William Brearton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Junior Dingman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Observer | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Orville Draeger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    07/17/43 Assigned to the 331st Bomb Squadron. 10/15/43 Transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group. (w/ Quincy V. Miller Jr. Crew)

  • Paul Muha

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John O'Brien

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wilbert Peterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Samuel Posner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Cucial Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5888 'Elusive Elcy', Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2020 21:50:59 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 732 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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