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43-37972

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 22/6/44; Dow Fd 7/7/44; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-F] Thorpe Abbotts 8/7/44 TIN LIZZY; transferred 833BS/486BG [2N-J] Sudbury 9/7/44; {17m} Missing in Action Munster 5/10/44 with Dean Coy, Co-pilot: Martin Haemmerle, Navigator: Burton Colan, Bombardier: Bob Coyle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Brown, Radio Operator: Merrill McDonald, Ball turret gunner: Howard Grant, Waist gunner: Adam Klosowski,Tail gunner: Alvin Birkelbach (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zutphen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 9528. ULA LUME.

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...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alvin Birkelbach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Burton Colan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dean Coy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Coyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Grant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Martin Haemmerle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #43-37972 'Ula Lame', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Adam Klosowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #4337972 'Ula Lame. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Merrill MacDonald

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 October 1944 in B-17 #43-37972 'Ula Lame', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 5 October 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9528 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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