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42-97398

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bassingbourn 7/4/44; transferred 836BS/487BG [2G] Lavenham 8/4/44; Missing in Action Misburg 31/12/44 with Claude Gatlin, Frank Uber, Harry Smathers, Melvin Bybee, Bob King, Burne Mitchell, George Wright, Roy Zaiger, Stephen Kane (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 11352.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Melvin Bybee

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Bombardier; Togglier; Nose Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-97398. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

  • Claude Gatlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group

  • Stephen Kane

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-97398. AM PH

  • Robert King

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 Dec 1944. B17G #42-97398. AC presumed lost at sea. AM/ PH

  • Burne Mitchell

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group

  • Harold Smathers

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 Dec 1944. B17G #42-97398. AC presumed lost at sea. AM/ PH

  • Frank Uber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-97398. Crashed into North Sea. AM/ PH

  • George Wright

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 Dec 1944 in AC #42-97398. AM/ PH

  • Roy Zaiger

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 31 Dec 1944 in AC #42-97398 AM/ PH

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 31 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11352 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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