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42-97515

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 7/12/43; Kearney 13/12/43; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 12/1/44; transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-P] Podington 28/1/44; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 18/3/44 with Gordon Capps, Co-pilot: Ray Warns, Navigator: Ted Siirila, Bombardier: Jim McCann, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Veldhuizen, Radio Operator: Bob Moody, Ball turret gunner: George Jones, Waist gunner: Forrest Neigler, Waist gunner: Sam Walker,Tail gunner: Martin Lydonlater escaped but caught & became POW (10INT); flak, lost two engines; force landed Dubendorf A/fd, Switz, W/O; Missing Air Crew Report 3226. LITTLE RUNT.

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...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Cann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Gordon Capps

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

  • George Jones

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

  • Martin Lydon

    Military | Private | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

  • Robert Moody

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

  • Forrest Neigler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

  • Ted Siirila

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • John Veldhuizen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Samuel Walker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

  • Raymond Warns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After bombing the target of Lechfield, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97515 'Little Runt' lost two engines and turned towards Switzerland and crash landed at Dubendorf airfield. Interned.

Places

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 18 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2020 15:21:03 phil marchese Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Key image of associated a/c with codes and dispostion matching synposis.

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 13:33:32 mveld67 Changes to nicknames, markings and place associations
Sources

Mark Veldhuizen

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3226 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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