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43-39184

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 30/12/44; Dow Fd 10/1/45; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-U] Nuthampstead 27/2/45; (22m) Missing in Action Neumunster 13/4/45 with Emil Martinek, Navigator: Roger Campbell, Radio Operator: Alf Cason, Ball turret gunner: Francis Gardippe, Waist gunner: Ed Steele,Tail gunner: Dave Lawler (6 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Theo Kline, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Floyd Aaron (2 Killed in Action); exploded, crashed Bad Oldesloe, near Garbeck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 14176.

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...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Floyd Aaron

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action (MIA) 13 April 1945 Neugmunster, Germany. Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft.

  • Roger Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Prisoner of War (POW). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft. POW

  • Alfred Cason

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Prisoner of War (POW). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft. POW

  • Francis Gardippe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Prisoner of War (POW). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft. POW

  • Theodore Kline

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Killed in Action (KIA). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft.

  • David Lawler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Prisoner of War (POW). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft. POW

  • Emil Martineck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Steele

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1945 in B-17 #4339184. Prisoner of War (POW). Bombs from one of our planes in the formation exploded in mid-air after release and damaged this aircraft. POW

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 13 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 14176 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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