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43-38110

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/6/44; Kearney 8/7/44; Grenier 15/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-L] Sudbury 19/7/44; 12m Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Fred Oltman, (mission leader)-Bill Mitchell, drn-Russ Curtis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Bogenschultz, Radio Operator: Harry Springer, Ball turret gunner: Bill Stanerry, Waist gunner: Bob Gardner,Tail gunner: Lt Chas Bateman, p/nav-Lt Bob Mistrol (9 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Frank Whittington (Prisoner of War); flak damge, ship broke in half, crashed W of Merseburg Afd, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9420. MARGE.

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

People

  • Charles Bateman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Charles Bogenshultz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Russell Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Robert Gardner

    Military | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Robert Mistrot

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pathfinder Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • William Mitchell

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Fred Oltman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Harry Springer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #43-38110

  • William Stanberry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Merseburg in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

  • Frank Whittington

    Military | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Merseburg on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Marge' #4338110

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 28 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9420 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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