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42-97797

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/2/44; Kearney 18/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-H] Horham 8/4/44; transferred 336BS, (ET–H); 49m.

Missing in Action Brandenburg 16/8/44 with:
Pilot :Alan Hannum,
Co-pilot: Ken Loehwing,
Navigator: Gene Cantrell,
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Kuna,
Ball turret gunner: Fred Matthews,
Waist gunner: Ned Tillson (6 Killed in Action).

Bombardier: Angelo Genova,
Radio Operator: Bill Purdy,
Waist gunner: John Sharonwia-335BS,
Tail gunner: Leroy Presley (Prisoner of War).

Flak KO’d #3 and part of wing, ship went down and was involved in mid-air collision with 42-37879, crashed Rehmsdorf, NE of Zeitz, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8175. FULL HOUSE.

This aircraft was flown by pilot George J Dancisin and his crew (including Leo Makelky as ball turret gunner) on 29+ combat missions from April until August of 1944. It was lost on August 16, 1944 while in use by an alternate crew piloted by A E Hannun on a mission to Zeitz Germany.

Leo Makelky (ball turret gunner) and Larry Stevens (tail gunner) flew on this aircraft for most of their combat tour of duty - 29 of their 35 missions from April to August of 1944. After this plane's FOS (first operational sortie April 22, 1944) which was flown by a different pilot, it was pretty much assigned to pilot Lt. George Dancisin and his crew.

The Dancisin crew was on leave after having flown 34 of their required 35 missions on August 16,1944 when the Full House was being used by a different crew piloted by Lt Hannun on a mission to Zeitz Germany. A direct flak hit to the right wing caused the Full House to collide with another aircraft and both were lost. See MACR 8175 (missing air crew report)

The Dancisin crew returned from leave and flew their 35th and final mission on a new B-17G 43-38067 named "Big Chief Illiniwek by their crew chief. That date was August 25, 1944 and the mission was to Politz.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-37879 'Wrinkled Belly Baby'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [BG-U] Horham 11/11/43; with W.P. Kelley force landed Attlebridge afb, Suffolk, 11/12/43; two days later the u/c would not extend and force landed at Honington AFB with H. M. Powers, Co...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eugene Cantrell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air,crashed at Rohmdorf in B-17 Full House #4297797

  • Alyre Comeau

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • George Dancisin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew a total of 35 missions on 'Full House' 42-97797

  • Angelo Genova

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Mid air collison and crashed at Rohmdorf on 8/16/44 in B-17 Full House #4297797 POW

  • Allan Hannum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-17G 42-97797. Missing in Action Brandenburg 16/8/44. Flak KO’d #3 and part of wing, ship went down an involved in mid-air collision with 42-37879, crashed Rehmsdorf, NE of Zeitz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8175. KIA.

  • Albert Keeler

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Richard Kuna

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air collison in B-17 Full House #4297797

  • Gordon Langford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Loehwing

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air collision in B-17 Full House $4297797

  • Leo Makelky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shuttle to Russia-2nd. 35 combat missions from 4 April to 25 August 1944. Flew on Full House (42-97797) for 29 of 35 completed missions. DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Russia VM/ 3 PUC

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Missions

  • 557

    16 August 1944

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Rehmsdorf, 06729 Elsteraue, Germany 16 August 1944 – 16 August 1944

Missing in Action Brandenburg 16/8/44. Flak KO’d #3 and part of wing, ship went down and was involved in mid-air collision with 42-37879, crashed Rehmsdorf, NE of Zeitz, Germany. (4 x POW, 6 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR8175.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2019 15:52:57 FullHouse Changes to markings
Sources

Corrected nose art cards- MM

Date Contributor Update
03 August 2018 11:11:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Moved 'Source' information to Biography.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 10:29:35 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2015 10:27:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 15:18:11 FullHouse Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

This update comes from information and pictures from my father, Leo Makelky (ball turret gunner) and Larry Stevens (tail gunner) who flew on this aircraft for most of their combat tour of duty - 29 of their 35 missions from April to August of 1944. After this plane's FOS (first operational sortie April 22, 1944) which was flown by a different pilot, it was pretty much assigned to pilot Lt George Dancisin and his crew containing my father and tail gunner Stevens. The Dancisin crew was on leave after having flown 34 of their required 35 missions on August 16,1944 when the Full House was being used by a different crew piloted by Lt Hannun on a mission to Zeitz Germany. A direct flak hit to the right wing caused the Full House to collide with another aircraft and both were lost. See MACR 8175 (missing air crew report)

The Dancisin crew returned from leave and flew their 35th and final mission on a new B-17G #43-38067 named "Big Chief Illiniwek by their crew chief. That date was August 25, 1944 and the mission was to Politz.

Aircraft and mission information obtained from the book "Operational Record Of the 95th Bomb Group (H)" by Paul M. Andrews

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 05:21:14 FullHouse Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

This aircraft was flown by pilot George J Dancisin and his crew (including my father Leo Makelky as ball turret gunner) on 29+ combat missions from April until August of 1944. It was lost on August 16, 1944 while in use by an alternate crew piloted by A E Hannun on a mission to Zeitz Germany.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8175 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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