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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 28/5/44; Hunter 23/6/44; Dow Fd 3/7/44; Assigned 429BS/2BG Amendola 4/7/44; severely damaged over Graz, Austria 1/1/44 with Tom Rybovich, Co-pilot: Pat Farwell, Navigator: Don Maine, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Staup, Radio Operator: Don Parkins, Ball turret gunner: Harry Gross, Waist gunner: Bill May,Tail gunner: Rich Blackry (8 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Harry Ayers (MIA, but later found to have bailed out OK and returned to base from Yugoslavia; Missing in Action Vienna 21/2/45 with Bob Trowbridge, Co-pilot: Bill Struby, Bombardier: Arthur Hauft, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dozier Linder, Radio Operator: Ira Cox, Ball turret gunner: Don Moon, Waist gunner: Ed Fry, Waist gunner: Leigh Fuller,Tail gunner: Rich Schade (9 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Allen Swain (Killed in Action); flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; Missing Air Crew Report 12461. DOLLAR 98.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    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...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ira Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. 13 x Missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Fry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leigh Fuller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Arthur Hauft

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. 53 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. ...

  • Dozier Linder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Moon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Rybovich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Assisted pilot with controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage...

  • Richard Schade

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. 13 x Missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Struby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12461. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Allen Swain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Vienna; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; 21-Feb-45 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12461. Awards: AM, PH.

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Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1944

Built at Douglas.

Battle damaged Graz, Austria 1 January 1944

Severely damaged over Graz, Austria 1-Jan-44; Bombardier baled out over Yugoslavia.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 28 May 1944

Delivered Tulsa AAF 28-May-44.

Assigned Amendola airfield, Italy 4 July 1944

Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Papa, Hungary 21 February 1945

Missing in Action Vienna 21-Feb-45; flak ko’d an engine headed toward Russian lines, crashed near Papa, Hungary; MACR 12461.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2018 19:23:54 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28716747

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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