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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-F] Sudbury 2/7/44; {3m} Missing in Action Hamburg 4/8/44 with Nathan Adler, Co-pilot: John Williams, Navigator: Sam Lum, Bombardier: Joe Richter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Forse Baisden, Radio Operator: Don Jones, Ball turret gunner: Mike Pesta, Waist gunner: Joe Davis,Tail gunner: Bill Sterfanik (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Einswarden, W of Wesermunde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7712.

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...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron

    835th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    *Taken from the official web page of the '486th Bomb Group Association' (https://486th.org/BS835/index.htm)* ...

People

  • Nathan Adler

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4337979 POW

  • Forse Baisden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4337929 POW

  • Joe Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 34337929 POW

  • Donald Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4337929 POW

  • Michael Pesta

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4337929 POW

  • Joe Richter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde in B-17 #4337929 on 8/5/44 POW

  • William Stefanik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #437929 POW

  • John Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Wesermunde on 8/4/44 in B-17 #4337929 POW

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 4 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7712 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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