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44-6180

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 24/5/44; Hunter 13/6/44; Morrison 21/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 32BS/301BG Lucera 4/7/44; Missing in Action Lechfeld 12/9/44 with Spotswood Allen, Co-pilot: Randall, Navigator: White, Bombardier: Bolch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Moore, Radio Operator: Head, Ball turret gunner: Lazenby, Waist gunner: Egyedi, Waist gunner: Adler,Tail gunner: Cabrara (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; MACR 8623.

Hit by flak leaving the target, afire in bomb bay and port engine/wing. Fire in bomb bay extinguished, then crew baled out. Approx 1 minute later A/C exploded.

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...

  • 32nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Norman Adler

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Returned from Blechhammer raid in B-17 44-8001 7-Aug-44 when part of crew baled out due to flak hits RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. ...

  • Spotswood Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Don Bolch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Benjamin Cabrera

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Egyedi

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Head

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Broke right leg on landing. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Lazenby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clyde Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Randall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard White

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. Awards: POW, 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 4 July 1944

Assigned to 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Karwendelhaus, Austria 12 September 1944

Missing in Action Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; 10 x POW MACR 8623.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2018 17:32:36 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28684365

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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