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42-102478

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 14/5/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-O] Polebrook 16/5/44; Missing in Action {3m} French A/fds 14/6/44 with Gus Cesarini, Navigator: George Reineke (2KIA*); Co-pilot: Frank Ludwig, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tuttle Pardue, Radio Operator: George Walter, Ball turret gunner: Joe Gholston, Waist gunner: Bob Lageman, Waist gunner: Fred Nicklas,Tail gunner: John Kulak (7 Prisoner of War); n/g-Sgt Fred Hale (evaded capture); flak, crashed Eslettes, seven miles NW of Rouen, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5798. (*These two men given as RTD in book by PeteHarris/Ken Harbour)

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Augustus Cesarini

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Joe Gholston

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Frederick Hale

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Evaded (EVD)

  • John Kulak

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Robert Lageman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Frank Ludwig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Fred Nicklas

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Tuttle Pardue

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • George Reineke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • George Walter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-102478 hit by flak, crashed into Channel 14 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 14 June 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5798 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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