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43-38353

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/7/44; Hunter 4/8/44; Grenier 14/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 19/8/44; Missing in Action Cologne 17/10/44 with Capt Walt McAllister, Co-pilot: Andy Champion, Navigator: Eli Baldea, Bombardier: George Ritchie, tog-Joe Domino, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Smith, Ball turret gunner: George Carroll, Waist gunner: Bill Coon,Tail gunner: Otto Graff (Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Reedy Sears (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Ahrweiler, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9468. LILI MARLENE.

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

  • Eli Baldea

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    Experiences (Memorable missions or events, impressions, etc. ) - Joined the Army Air Corp (34th Bomb Group) in 1942 in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Flew as navigator on B-24s and later, B-17s over Germany. ...

  • George Carroll

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Ahrweiler on 10/17/44 in B-17 #4338353

  • Andrew Champion

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 10/17/44 in B-17 #4338353

  • William Coon

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down near Ahrweiler on 10/17/44 in B-17 43-38353

  • Joseph Domino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Ahrweiler on 10/17/44 in B-17 43-38353

  • Raymond Engelhart

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Otto Graff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 10/17/44 in B-17 #4338353

  • Walter McAllister

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Ahrweiler on 10/17/44 in B-17 43-38353

  • George Ritchie

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 34th Bomb Group
    Drafted Oct 41, discharged Oct 45. Locations of service: Ft. Eustis, VA; Panama; Blyth, CA; England. Imprisoned in Stalag II. Sustained combat injuries. Crashed near Ahrweiler on 10/17/44 in B-17 #4338353 DFC, AM 4Oak Leaf Cluster, POW, ETO

  • Reedy Sears

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 17 October 1944 in AC #4338353

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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 17 October 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9468 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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