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42-102470

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-J] Polebrook 29/4/44; Missing in Action {9m} Ludwigshafen 27/5/44 with Gosta Johnson, Co-pilot: Herb Neumann, Navigator: Bob Schmidt, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Anderson, Radio Operator: Joe Smith, Ball turret gunner: John Dettart, Waist gunner: Ed Kolling,Tail gunner: Dick Drews (8 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Sam Rosenberg (KIA- died of wounds in hospital June 7); enemy aircraft, crashed Ortenberg, two miles SE of Offenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5325.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Johnnie Dettart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Drews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Isoardi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Joseph J. Isoardi was my grandfather. I only knew him for 6 years of my life, but he was amazing. A life long goof-ball, his cap is always tilted to the side in his service pictures. He went on to father 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

  • Gosta Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Kolling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herbert Neuman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Samuel Rosenberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Schmidt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102470. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 May 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5325 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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