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42-97288

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-U] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Harry Culver, Cornell Christensen, Bill Irntsend, Ray Welsh, Ferdi Lamburt, Edwin Diblacomo, George Stevenson, Ambrose Yarbro tg, Jack Schafer (spot jammer (9INT); Mech failure, then hit by flak, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden after nearly being shot down in Swedish airspace by Ju88; returned to group Jun/45; Missing Air Crew Report 13150. Returned to the USA Bradley 1/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 30/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45. FLAGSHIP.

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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Arntsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cornell Christensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Culver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin DiGiacomo

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ferdinand Lancour

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 9-Dec-44 raid to Stuttgart aboard B-17 42-97141; “Sgt. Ferdinand A Lancour of the 325th Squadron, engineer of 2nd Lt Harry S Culver’s crew, displayed considerable courage in attempting to close open-and-jammed bomb...

  • Jack Schafer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' #42-97288, Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Stevens

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 42-97288 'Flag Ship' Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ray Weislar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 Flag Ship 42-97288 Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Samuel Yandian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Harry S Culver crewmember. 34 x combat missions, sat out his crews final mission [18-Mar-45], as he wanted to finish his 35 mission tour with his crewmates, their final mission led them to be interned in Sweden. ETD....

  • Ambrose Yarbro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' #42-97288, Interned (INT). MACR 13150 Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 13 February 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 13-Feb-44.

Assigned Nuthampstead, UK 24 April 1944

Assigned 398BG 24/4/44; No Missions.

Assigned Podington, UK 7 May 1944

Transferred 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Bulltofta, Malmo, Sweden 18 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 18-Mar-45; Mech failure #1 prop ran away, failed to feather, then hit by flak, landed Bulltofta, Sweden 9 x INT MACR 13150

Returned to Group Podington, UK June 1945

Flown back to base from Sweden by Lt's Culver and Christensen after repairs Jun-45.

Returned ZI Bradley AAF, Windsor Locks, CT 1 August 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley AAF 1-Aug-45

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2019 22:17:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29444072
http://92ndma.org/miscellaneous/Newsletters/newsletter.395.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13150 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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