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42-97120

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Kearney 29/2/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-E] Horham 3/3/44; {47m}, Missing in Action Regensburg 21/7/44 with Henry Laird, Co-pilot: Fred Clark, Navigator: Bill Gifford, Bombardier: Ordway Gates, Radio Operator: Pat Tortora, Ball turret gunner: Bill Shuster (6 evaded capture); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Royce McMinn, Waist gunner: Chas Kalil, Waist gunner: Ed James,Tail gunner: Frank Gregg (4 Prisoner of War); one engine out and feathered, bombs salvoed, two more engines out and crew bailed, crashed Bissen W of Eittelbruck, Lux. Missing Air Crew Report 7410.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frederick Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120

  • Ordway Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD). Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120

  • William Gifford

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120

  • Frank Gregg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120 POW

  • Edward James

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Had mechanical failure and crashed near trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120 POW

  • Charles Kalil

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Charles Kalil served as a waist gunner with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • Henry Laird

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120

  • Royce Minn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Shuster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 #4297120

  • Patrick Tortora

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Had mechanical failure and crashed near Trier on 7/21/44 in B-17 34297120

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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