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44-6176

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/5/44; Hunter 14/6/44; Grenier 23/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 4/7/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 7/8/44 with Dwight Hastings, Co-pilot: Ken Durtschi, Navigator: Jim Shaw, Bombardier: Dominic Siani, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Julius Karp, Radio Operator: Harry Barth, Waist gunner: John Case, Waist gunner: Jim Devlin,Tail gunner: Nicanor Reyes (9 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Howard Kidney (KIA, shot from ground while in his ‘chute); flak hit #2, crashed Mechnitz; Missing Air Crew Report 7470.

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Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Barth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Case

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Devlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Durtschi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Walter Gray

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. ...

  • Dwight Hastings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Julius Karp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer/top turret gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470. Awards: SS, BS, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Kidney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and shot from ground whilst descending in parachute Killed in Action (KIA) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Nicanor Reyes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Shaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944
Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 20 May 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 20-May-44.

Assigned Mechnitz, Poland 7 August 1944

Missing in Action Blechhammer 7-Aug-44 flak hit #2, crashed Mechnitz; MACR 7470.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 14:39:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and manufacturer
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Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 14:38:49 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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