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43-38188

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/7/44; Kearney 23/7/44; Grenier 3/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 4/8/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with Jim Heiby, Waist gunner: Hubert Betterton (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bill Krobaum, Navigator: Meyer Geist, Bombardier: Alvin Kubly, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou West, Radio Operator: Wiley Moore, Ball turret gunner: Willis Riley,Tail gunner: Everett Coates (7 Prisoner of War); flak, force landed Zutphen, Hol?. Salvaged. Missing Air Crew Report 9549.

Service

Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 7th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Hubert Betterton

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 October 1944 in AC #4338188. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Everette Coates

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 #4338188

  • Meyer Geist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 34338188

  • James Heiby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 7 October 1944 Crashed near Zutphen in B-17 #43338188

  • William Krebaum

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 43-38188

  • Alvin Kubly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 34th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 #4338188. Originally in German hands but because of broken leg he was left at a Dutch hospital, where 10 days he escaped with others and was led to safety by the Dutch Underground.

  • Wiley Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 #4338188

  • Willis Riley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 #4338188

  • Louis West

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zutphen on 10/7/44 in B-17 #4338188

Places

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 7 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9549 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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