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42-97498

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK- ] Molesworth 14/1/44; Missing in Action Caen 6/2/44 with Julius Bass, Navigator: Milton Abernathy, Bombardier: Matt Zientor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alfonso Queredo, Radio Operator: Jim Hensley, Ball turret gunner: Harry Brown, Waist gunner: Mike Canale, Waist gunner: John Grsetic,Tail gunner: Cyril Dockendorf (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Myron Goldman (KIA-his ripcord was not pulled); flak, crashed Vendome, near Bricy A/fd, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 2384. PADDED CELL II.

Service

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Milton Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Julius Bass

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 6 then moved on the Bayonnet Run from the train station to Stalag 4 and was alos one...

  • Michael Canale

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cyril Dockendorf

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Myron Goldman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Grsetic

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Hensley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). Escaped with British sergeant, liberated by British Army in 1945. ...

  • Alfonso Quevedo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Matthew Zientar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 6 February 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2348 / MACR 2384 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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