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41-9026

B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17E
41-9026
Baby Doll

Polebook, England (342BS/97BG) – March 1942
Bovingdon, England (327/92BG) – 24 August 1942
Missing In Action – 6 September 1942

Shot down by Overfeldwebel Wilhelm Roth (4/JG26) over the English Channel.
No survivors.

Part of strike force on VIII Bomber Command Mission 1 (17 August 1942).
One of the first two 8AF Boeing B-17s to be lost in combat (6 September 1942).

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...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 342nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Angliss

    Military | Private First Class | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17E 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Benedict

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Co-Pilot. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Buck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Bombardier. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • LeMoyne Earley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17E 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Tail Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Cecil Kendrick

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Radio Operator. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Samuel Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Navigator. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Darwin Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Waist Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leigh Stewart

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Pilot. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Vollrath

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17E 41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA)

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 1

    17 August 1942
    The US 8AF launches its first strategic bombing raid of the war, sending 12 Boeing B-17Es of the 97BG on a strike against the railyards of Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, while another six fly a diversionary route. The attacking force is split into two...

  • VIII Bomber Command 10

    6 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...

Places

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 20:18:15 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 11:19:15 GBlume Changes to markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

www.gblume.com

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2014 18:10:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16489; Mission description based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.; Formatted description; added crash event location etc.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 21:10:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 16489.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16489 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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