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42-97314

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 26/4/44; no ops, transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Posen 29/5/44 with Vic Trost, Co-pilot: Dick Funk, Navigator: Franklin Burks, Bombardier: Joe Topolosky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Honaker, Radio Operator: George Webster, Ball turret gunner: Sam Johnston, Waist gunner: Milton Powell, Tail gunner: George Keith (9 INT); enemy aircraft caused damage, crash landed Bulltofta, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 5345. W/O; POP.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Franklin Burks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97314 'Pop'. Landed in Sweden, Interned (INT).

  • Richard Funk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97314 'Pop'. Landed in Sweden. Interned (INT).

  • Bill Honaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4297314 'Pop. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Samuel Johnston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4297314 'Pop. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • George Keith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97314 'Pop'. Landed in Sweden, Interned (INT).

  • Milton Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4297314 'Pop. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Joseph Topolosky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4297314 'Pop. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned. ...

  • Victor Trost

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4297314 'Pop. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • George Webster

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4297314 'Pop. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) and Interned (INT) Sweden 29 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2021 21:25:09 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2019 00:08:45 RayWells Changes to nicknames
Sources

Howdi Colour Recovery, Colourisation & Image Repair

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5345 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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