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43-39128

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 9/12/45; Dow Fd 17/12/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-M] Nuthampstead 13/2/45; (4m) Missing in Action Wittenberg, Ger 22/2/45 with Hubert Beatty, Co-pilot: Jim Honaker, Navigator: Jim Luna (3 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Urie Zook, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Moore, Radio Operator: Jim Godsey, Ball turret gunner: Bernard Bagley, Waist gunner: Alva Freeman, Tail gunner: John Conway (6 Prisoner of War); jet enemy aircraft hit #1 & #2, crashed Altendorf, NE of Brunswick; Missing Air Crew Report 12650. BEATTY'S 8-BALLS.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bernard Bagley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 'Beatty's 8-Balls' #43-39128. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • Hubert Beatty

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Wolfsburg in B-17 "Beatty's 8-Balls" #43-39128

  • John Conway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 'Beatty's 8-Balls' #43-39128 Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • Alva Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 "Beatty's 8-Balls"#43-39128. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • James Godsey

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 'Beatty's 8-Balls' #43-39128. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • James Godsey

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group

  • James Honaker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wolfsburg in B-17 'Beatty's 8-Balls' #43-39128

  • James Luna

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wolfsburg in B-17 "Beatty's 8-Balls" #43-39128

  • Lawrence Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wolfsburg on 22 Feb 45 in B-17 'Beatty's 8-Balls' #43-39128. Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld pg. 121

  • Urie Zook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Urie H. Zook was born in Belleville, Pennsylvania, USA to an Amish family. Despite the Amish disposition on non-violence, Urie voluntarily enlisted for combat in the United States Army Air Force. ...

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 22 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 18:44:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2020 18:43:05 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12650 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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