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42-97232

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Horham 12/3/44 GOVERNMENT PROPERTY; 88m, Missing in Action Stuttgart 16/12/44 with Harry Coffman, Co-pilot: Len Beadle, Navigator: Tom Reid, Bombardier: Neil Vediner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Gallagher, Radio Operator: Don Lanni, Ball turret gunner: Bob Pellow, Waist gunner: Bill Hooser,Tail gunner: John Jones (9 Killed in Action); crashed off Zodutelande, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 11259. G.I. ISSUE aka SANDY’S REFUELING BOYS.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Claude Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Command Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    95th Bomb Group, 412th Bomb Squadron April 44 to September 44, 35 missions with the Roy Gielen crew and then with the Lyle Scott crew. Returned to the states to train new crews, then went inactive while he returned to college and later medical school....

  • Leonard Beadle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' 42-97232. Flew 17 missions total. Trained at Univ of Pittsbugh, got his wings at Augusta, GA in 1944.

  • Harold Coffman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' #4297232

  • Alyre Comeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Edward Gallagher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' #4297232

  • William Hooser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' #4297232

  • Donald Lanni

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' #4297232

  • Leslie Lennox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Pellow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' #4297232

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Missions

  • 752

    16 December 1944

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 7 October 1944

Take Off Accident Horham/Sta 119 Cat 3 damage. Pilot Lt Leslie A Lennox Jr, 7-10-44.

Crashed 4374 Zoutelande, Netherlands 16 December 1944 – 16 December 1944

Missing in Action Stuttgart 16/12/44. Crashed off Zodutelande, Holland. (9 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR11259.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 18:25:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-97232

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2015 05:17:04 FullHouse Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

The colored pictures featured on this page were taken by Albert Keeler, the co-pilot of the "Full House" (42-97997). They show him and his fellow crewmen. Several photos show the gunners near their respective positions on the B17 (including my father near the ball turret). The officers were pictured near engines or the nose of the aircraft. In some of these photos the nose art "Sandy's Refueling Boys" (42-97232) can clearly be seen in the background which has resulted in people erroneously thinking the Dancisin/Keeler crew flew this airplane (see the captions beneath the photos). My father's recollection and the official records indicate the crew of the "Full House" never flew in "Sandy's Refueling Boys." It was just a handy aircraft at the time that Albert took this collection of photos. - Mark Makelky

Aircraft and mission information taken from the book "Operational Record Of The 95th Bomb Group (H)" by Paul M. Andrews

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11259 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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