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42-102476

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-B] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (18m) Missing in Action Munich 16/7/44 with Ray Gallagher, Co-pilot: Harry Castleman, Navigator: Bill Berry, Bombardier: Wendell Davis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Sudduth, Radio Operator: Arlo Skeem, Waist gunner: Bob Fels (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Bob Warkentin,Tail gunner: Chas McLean (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft hit ball turret, set fire, some bailed before crashed Hinter-Heubach, near Schiltach, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7242.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Berry

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and Crashed near Hinter-Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 42-102476. Reported Prisoner of War (POW) 19 Sept 1944. ...

  • Harry Castleman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter-Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 42-102476. Reported Prisoner of War (POW) 21 Sept 1944 POW

  • Wendell Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter-Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 42-102476.

  • Robert Fels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102476 POW

  • Raymond Gallagher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 42-102476. Prisoner of War (POW) 16 Sept 1944. POW

  • Charles McLean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter Henbach in B-17 42-102476.

  • Charles McLean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group

  • Arlo Skeem

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 42-102476 POW

  • Robert Sudduth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter Henbach on 7/16/44 in B-17 #42102476 POW

  • Robert Warkentin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Hinter Henbach in B-17 42-102476.

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 16 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7242 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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