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42-102457

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Field 4 March 1944; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-R] Rougham 6 April 1944. Nicknamed "FILTHY HAG". Was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. It caught fire, 2 engines on the same side were knocked out and the communications system destroyed. David Blodgett, Right Waist Gunner Frank G. Scorsune and Radio Operator Carl J. Eckhart bailed out of the burning plane. The aircraft was flown back to England by the pilot, Lt Frank A. Bartos and the three men were made prisoner.Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 4162.
Missing in Action Munich 12 July 1944 with Pilot Wendell O. Scott; Co-pilot: Edwin T. Weyer; Navigator: Tazwell B. Wingfield; Bombardier: Albert G. Harney Jr; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morris E. Holt; Radio Operator: James L. Flanagan; Ball turret gunner: James W. Lewis; Left Waist gunner: Byron K. Long; Right Waist gunner: Russell L. Lindenbaum; Tail gunner: Michael L. Rodman (10 Interned in Switzerland) - Mechanical fault KO’d engines #2 and #3; aircraft force landed Dubendorf, Switzerland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 7510. Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 7 October 1945; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14 January 1946. Had been renamed "GLORIA".

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bartos

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-102457 'Gloria'.

  • David Blodgett

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    David C. Blodgett grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Franklin High School there and enlisted in the Air Corps in October 1942. In February 1944, he was stationed with the 305th Bomb Group in Ardmore, Oklahoma as an instructor in aerial...

  • Carl Eckhart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Carl J. Eckhart was Radio Operator on B-17G #42-102457 'Filthy Hag" when it was hit by Flak at an altitude of 23,000 feet on the 22 April 1944 mission to Hamm, Germany. The plane caught fire, 2 engines on the same side were knocked out and the...

  • James Flanagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria #42102457

  • Albert Harney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

  • Morris Holt

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in 'Gloria' #42102457

  • James Lewis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

  • Russell Lindenbaum

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

  • Byron Long

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

  • Michael Rodman

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    INT Had mechanical failure and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Gloria' #42102457

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Missions

  • 311

    22 April 1944

  • 468

    12 July 1944

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Dübendorf, Switzerland 12 July 1944

Force-landed in Dübendorf, Switzerland

Failed to Return (FTR) and Interned (INT) Dübendorf, Switzerland 12 July 1944 – 1945

Aircraft stayed in Switzerland till after the end of hostilities and was brought back to the US.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2017 15:37:18 ram957 Changes to media associations
Sources

Facebook

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 16:48:50 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 4162
NARA WWII POW records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4162 / MACR 7510 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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