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44-6178

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 24/5/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 352BS/301BG Lucera 3/7/44; Missing in Action Regensburg 13/3/45 with Jim Derry, Co-pilot: Morgan Blodgett, Navigator: Charlton Cox, Bombardier: Phil Kutchinsky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Hill, Radio Operator: Bob DeCraene, Ball turret gunner: Paul Hanshaw, Waist gunner: Ray Miller, Waist gunner: John Jennings,Tail gunner: Tom McGowan; mech fault, crashed Traunstein; Missing Air Crew Report 12943.

Service

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. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Morgan Blodgett

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charlton Cox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert De Craene

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to ssigned 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 Battle stars).

  • James Derry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Regensburg in B-17 44-6178 13-Mar-45; mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12943. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Hanshaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. 37 x missions. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Henry Hill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM (2OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Jennings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM (OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Philip Kutchinsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas McGowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM, GC, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Ray Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Missing in Action Regensburg 13-Mar-45 mechanical fault, crashed Traunstein; RTD MACR 12943. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME

Places

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 24 May 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 24-May-44.

Assigned Lucera, Italy 3 July 1944

Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed 13 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR)Regensburg 13-Mar-45 Mech fault, crashed Traunstein; 10 x RTD MACR 12943.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2021 08:56:09 Al_Skiff Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
18 May 2021 08:55:37 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29436592

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2018 09:42:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29436592

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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