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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 25/5/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-X] Polebrook 4/6/44; Missing in Action {59m} Misburg 26/11/44 with Frank Boettcher, Ed Walota (2 Killed in Action); Leon Mitchell, Bob Francis, Buford Wilhoit, Bob Wombold, Bob Westcoff, Bob Jarois, Dick Cook (7 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Koeln, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 11203. DOTTIE’S TAXI.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Boetcher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Francis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Jarois

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Walota

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Westcoff

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Buford Wilhoit

    Military | Master Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Wombold

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1944 in B-17 #4337571. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) Germany 26 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11203 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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