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43-37877

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 31/5/44; Hunter 12/6/44; Dow Fd 3/7/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; transferred 837BS/487BG Lavenham 4/7/44; 836BS [2G-E]; Missing in Action Zeitz 30/11/44 with Lloyd Kersten, Henry Gerland, Arnold Shegal, John Eberhart, Everett Morris, Joe Miller, Maurice Sullivan (7 Killed in Action); Jim Hyland, Warren Richhart (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Halle; 7KIA 2POW; Missing Air Crew Report 11154.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Eberhart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator; Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 Nov 1944 in B-17G #43-37877. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Henry Gerland

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 Nov 1944 in B-17G #43-37877. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • James Hyland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 Nov 1944 in B-17 43-37877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW/ Air medal with 4Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

  • Lloyd Kersten

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 Nov 1944 in B-17 #43-37877. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337877. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Everett Morris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group

  • Warren Ritchhart

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 Nov 1944 in B-17 #43-37877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arnold Shegal

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #4337877. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Maurice Sullivan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 Nov 1944 in B-17G #43-37877. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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