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43-37931

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/6/44; Kearney 16/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-H] Sudbury 2/7/44; 833BS [4N-L] ; {82m} Missing in Action Dresden 17/4/45 with Jacob Bartl, Co-pilot: Edwin Brown, Navigator: Pete Uruski, Bombardier: Dick Lavery, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Hendrix, Radio Operator: Bill Veazey, Ball turret gunner: Jose Aragon, Waist gunner: Lou Tolson,Tail gunner: Ted Ellis (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Dresden, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 14186. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

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

  • Jose Aragon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Dresden in B-17 #4337931

  • Jacob Bartl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 7th mission over Brux, Czechoslovakia in B-17 #4337931; B-17 #43-37931 named 'Pursuit of Happiness' impacted near Dresden, Germany PH/ DFC

  • Edwin Brown

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Dresden in B-17 #4337931

  • Teddy Ellis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Everett Hendrix

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Richard Lavery

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Dresden in B-17 #4337931

  • Louis Tolson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Dresden in B-17 43-37931

  • Peter Uruski

    Military | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Bartl crew

  • William Veazey

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Dresden in B-17 #4337931

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 April 1945

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14186 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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