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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 Fish, Bombardier: John Bedell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Reagin, Radio Operator: Tom Montgomery, Ball turret gunner: Chas Goetling, Waist gunner: Evert McMonigle, Waist gunner: Ron Pearce (8 Killed in Action); coll with Me109, 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
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Abner Fish

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Charles Goetling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Evert Monigle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Montgomery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Edward Muszynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ronald Pearce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • William Reagin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George Sterler

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102541. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 4574 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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