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42-97465

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 751BS/457BG [B] Glatton 9/2/44; Missing in Action Marienburg April 9, 1944 with Robert Walker, Waist gunner: Kneeland Parshley,Tail gunner: Bruce Kustaborder (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: JB Latham, Navigator: Frank Jackson, Bombardier: Marlin Greenawalt, Radio Operator: David Gerber, Ball turret gunner: Frank Croft, Waist gunner: Leland Mills[wia] (6 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lionel Havlas (evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Ossecken, 30 miles W of Gdynia, Poland; Missing Air Crew Report 3665.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 751st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Croft

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • David Gerber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW) ...

  • Marlin Greenawalt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Lionel Havlas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Lionel Havlas served as a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the 751st Bomb Squadron of the 457th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Glatton, England. On 9 April 1944, he was flying in B-17 42-97465 when it was shot down. Havlas survived and was...

  • Frank Jackson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bruce Kustaborder

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 9, 1944 in B-17 #42-97465 near Ossecken, about 30 miles west of Gdynia. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • J.B. Latham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Leland Mills

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 9, 1944 in B-17 #42-97465. Prisoner of War (POW) ...

  • Kneeland Parshley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane and Engine Mechanic, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Killed in Action (KIA). Kneeland Parshley's biography can be found at: http://nlarchives.blogspot.com/2014_05_01_archive.html

  • Robert Walker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down April 1944 in B-17 #4297465. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

Missions

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 23 November 1943
Delivered Wendover, UT 84083, USA 12 December 1943
Assigned 9 February 1944

Assigned 751st Bomb Squadron, 457th Bomb Group [B] Glatton

Base Glatton, Huntingdon PE28, UK 8 April 1944

42-97465 departed from Station 130 (Glatton) on April 9, 1944.

Failed to Return (FTR) Gdynia, Poland 9 April 1944

Crashed near Ossecken, about 30 miles west of Gdynia, Poland.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2017 07:25:20 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames
Sources

David Gerber's claim that the plane was named the "Scarlet Harlot" has been confirmed by the family of another crew member.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2017 05:17:26 Grants Pass Changes to events
Sources

MACR 3665

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2017 07:07:10 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3665 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2017 01:25:14 Grants Pass Changes to events
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3665 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2017 01:22:47 Grants Pass Changes to events
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3665 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2017 21:58:17 Grants Pass Changes to events
Sources

MACR 3665

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2017 21:54:25 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames
Sources

Latham family.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2017 09:02:20 Grants Pass Changes to description
Sources

Latham records.

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2017 08:56:01 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames
Sources

Latham records.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2017 06:50:06 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames
Sources

Newspaper articles.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2017 06:46:17 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames
Sources

Family records, newspaper articles.

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2017 06:43:27 Grants Pass Changes to nicknames, description and events
Sources

Family of JB Latham.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3665 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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