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43-37883

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-C] Sudbury 2/7/44; transferred 834BS [2S-T]; 27m Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Dave Paris, Co-pilot: Gene Schmidt, Navigator: Bill Beeson, Bombardier: Walt Rousky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John McGill, Radio Operator: Nick Puglia, Ball turret gunner: John Burch, Waist gunner: Calvin Herrick,Tail gunner: Warren Rudiger (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10168. BLUE STREAK.

Service

Units

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 834th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Beeson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    William was an architect when he joined the AF a few months before Pearl Harbor. He was and accomplished musician. He had finished his tour of 25 missions, but remained and was KIA on his 31st mission over Merseburg, Germany. (there is an AF photo of...

  • John Burch

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883

  • Calvin Herrick

    Military | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883

  • John McGill

    Military | Corporal | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883 Member of Paris crew

  • David Paris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseberg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883 Member of Paris crew

  • Nicholas Puglia

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883 Member of Paris crew

  • Walter Rousky

    Military | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883

  • Warren Rudiger

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883 Member of Paris crew

  • Eugene Schmidt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseberg in B-17 'Blue Streak' #4337883 Member of Paris crew

Places

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 2 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2017 20:56:39 John Beeson Changes to nicknames
Sources

John Beeson Nephew

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10168 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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