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42-97962

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Kearney 12/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 5/6/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 9/9/44 with Dave Loughlin, Co-pilot: Chas Meredith, Bombardier: Edwin Sedlak, Radio Operator: Jim Sommers, Ball turret gunner: John Punte, Waist gunner: Arlo Dralle,Tail gunner: Albt Bailey (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Roger Bernard, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Oliver Livingston (2 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3 and #4, on way down aircraft blew up, crashed Trosel, NE of Mannheim; Missing Air Crew Report 8607. CASEY'S STRAWBERRY BLONDE.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Albert Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 Casey's Strawberry 42-97962

  • Roger Bernard

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Arlo Dralle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 'Casey's Strawberry' 42-97962

  • Oliver Livingston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Mannheim on 9/9/44 in B-17 'Casey's Strawberry' 42-97962. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • David Loughlin

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Charles Meredith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 Casey's Strawberry #4297962

  • John Punte

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 "Casey's Strawberry" 42-97962 Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Edwin Sedlak

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 'Casey's Strawberry' 42-97962

  • James Sommers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Mannheim in B-17 'Casey's Strawberry' 42-97962

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8607 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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