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41-9018

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR 15218. 6KIA 2POW 1EVD

P 1Lt Francis H. Chorak (KIA); CP 2Lt Joseph J. Fracchia (POW)
N 2Lt Grady W. Roper (EVD); B 2Lt Charles G. Kolodzinski (POW)
E/TTG SSgt Paul R. Gordon (KIA); RO SSgt John J. Dolan (KIA)
BTG MSgt James E. Lane (KIA); WG SSgt Donald E. Buckland (KIA)
TG SSgt Malcolm Culpepper (KIA)

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

  • Donald Buckland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Chorak

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Pilot. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Malcolm Culpepper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Tail Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Dolan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Radio Operator. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Fracchia

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Co-Pilot. Crashed into the English Channel near Holque, France. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Paul Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-9018 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Crashed into the English Channel near Holque, France. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Kolodzinski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-9018 while serving as Bombardier. Crashed into near Holque, France in the Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Lane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17F 41-9018 while serving as Waist Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Grady Roper

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-17 41-9018 while serving as Navigator. Crashed near the Raismes forest, Northern France. Evaded thanks to Mrs Goitte, who lived 125, rue Gustave Delory in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 9 October 1942

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2016 21:34:49 CeesSteijger Changes to description
Sources

JG26 War Diary. Monument Coordinates : 50°30'52"N 3°18'13"E. 50.51436 3.30372. 50°30.862 N 3°18.223 E

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 19:08:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Format description.

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 18:30:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Description edited from Missing Air Crew Report 15218

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15218 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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