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42-102444

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Gr Island 30/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-S] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Leo Green, Co-pilot: Simon Nesbitt, Navigator: Jim Hesketh, Bombardier: Dan Benia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Pope, Radio Operator: Darwin Marl, Ball turret gunner: Everett Howe, Waist gunner: Claude Meadows, Waist gunner: Chas Moss,Tail gunner: Harry Shirey (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Doverden, 10 miles W of Rethen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4573. SMILIN' THRU.

Service

Units

People

  • Daniel Benia

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Green

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 Downed by enemy fighters. Crashed at Retban, South of Verdan, Germany #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Hesketh

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Howe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Darwin Marl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down over Germany near Verdan while on 8th mission after head-on attack by Me109 fighters. B-17 blew up as crew bailed out. All survived, but were later captured and...

  • Claude Meadows

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Moss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Simon Nesbitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Pope

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102444 'Smilin' Thru. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Shirley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4573 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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