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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Slated 385BG, Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with George Sturler,Tail gunner: Ed Muszynski (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Melvin Baumgartel, Navigator: Abner Fisch, Bombardier: John Bedell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Reagin, Radio Operator: Tom Montgomery, Ball turret gunner: Chas Goettling, Waist gunner: Evert McMonigle, Waist gunner: Ron Pearce (8 Killed in Action); collision with Me109, causing fire in wing tanks, exploded on way down, crashed Sehlen, 12 miles S of Hildesheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4574.

Service

Units

People

  • Melvin Baumgartel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 ...

  • John Bedell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on B-17 42-5953 'Skin & Bones', would have completed his 25 mission tour with this crew, but was hospitalised due to his sinuses, tour length being extended to 28 whilst he was laid up. Failed to Return (FTR)...

  • Abner Fisch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 Awards: PH.

  • Charles Goettling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574. His wife Margie gave birth to twin sons Ray and Roy shortly...

  • Evert McMonigle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • Thomas Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. KIA. MACR 4574 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Edward Muszynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4574 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ronald Pearce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 Awards: DFC AM (4OLC), PH.

  • William Reagin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 1st combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4574 Awards: PH.

  • George Sterler

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) from Berlin in B-17 42-102541 8-May-44; A/C rammed by Me109, exploding due to wing tank fire. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4574 ...

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 4 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 4-Mar-44.

Assigned Snetterton Heath, UK 7 April 1944

Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 12 miles Sth of Hildesheim, Germany 8 May 1944 – 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 8-May-44; Rammed by Me109, causing fire in wing tanks, exploded on way down, crashed Sehlen, 12 miles S of Hildesheim, Germany. 2 x POW, 8 x KIA MACR 4574

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2019 10:16:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29031437

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4574 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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