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96th Bomb Squadron



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  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

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  • Thomas Barton

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group

  • Harold Beall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group

  • Clarence Bolt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shut down on 24/1/44 in A/C 42-5411 ‘SHADY LADY’ on Mission to Sofia, Bulgaria. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Burch

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group

  • Robert Colihan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shut down on 24/1/44 in A/C 42-5411 ‘SHADY LADY’ on Mission to Sofia, Bulgaria. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jesse Councilman

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4237811. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Crank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shut down on 24/1/44 in A/C 42-5411 ‘SHADY LADY’ on Mission to Sofia, Bulgaria. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Cuirczak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down on 14 October 1943 near Maintz in B-17 #4230709. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Arthur Dixon

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Arthur Dixon originally arrived at the 493rd BG in May 1944 and flew with the David Whitlock crew. after completing 7 combat missions, when the Ball turrets were removed from the B-24's in July 1944, Arthur left the crew and was eventually transferred...

  • John Harlan

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 2nd Bomb Group

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  • 36-150

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 96BS/2BG Langley 1-Mar-37; transferred 19BG March Fd, but force landed due to engine failure 8-Oct- 40; with Lee Coates force landed base 2-Dec-40; Albuquerque 16-Jul-42; 66 flights; Written off 30-Dec-42. [aircraft No. 60] Never saw combat. ...

  • 41-24393 'EAGER BEAVER'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 419BS/301BG [K] Westover 8/7/42; transferred 96BS/2BG Maison Blanche, Alg 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg 25/12/42; Chateau-du-Rhumel, Alg 8/2/43 14m; transferred 483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; Returned to the USA Olmstead 24/7...

  • 42-107006 Old Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; MacDill 18/2/44; Morrison 6/3/44; Assigned 815BS/483BG Sterparone 16/3/44; transferred 96BS/2BG Amendola 31/3/44; Missing in Action 73m Blechhammer 17/10/44 with Don Peart, Co-pilot: John Mumma, Navigator: Elliott Kaplan,...

  • 42-107227 Cabin in the Sky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Hunter 13/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-E] Snetterton 1/5/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Ken Leininger 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44. CABIN IN THE SKY.

  • 42-29999 Fertile Myrtle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Presque Is 2/5/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 8/5/43 GENIE; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-Z] Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 18m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with...

  • 42-30153 Worry Wart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 9/5/43 WORRY WART; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg (Heide) 25/7/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co...

  • 42-30267 'Hustlin Huzzy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Tinker 8/6/43; Smoky Hill 17/6/43; Casper 28/6/43; Kearney 30/6/43; Eglin 4/7/43; Dow 9/7/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Ain M'Lila 27/7/43; Massicault 31/7/43; 19m transferred 341BS/97BG Depienne 14/11/43;...

  • 42-31640 'Miss Hettie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30/11/43; Paine 2/12/43; Kearney 23/12/43; Dallas 3/1/44; Morrison 5/1/44; Assigned 96BS/2BG Amendola 7/1/44; Missing in Action `11m` Steyr 24/2/44 with Jim McCord, Co-pilot: Harlan Wisner, Navigator: Allison Lunan, Bombardier: Don...

  • 42-3392

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/6/43; Presque Is 31/7/43; Assigned 96BS/2BG Massicault 8/8/43; transferred 353BS/301BG Cerignola; 89m 97BG Amendola as weather ship in summer of ‘44; depot 11/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-3553

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 30 July 1943. Grand Island 10 August 1943. Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 29 August 1943. The Fortress had taken off on 8 November 1943 and was recalled due to heavy fog. It had apparently flown about three miles when it...

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia