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44-6307

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG [4F-K] Lavenham 14/7/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 25/11/44 with Craig Shields, Bob Meier, Dennis Carey, Jim Peyton, Max Alkire, Jim Brooks, Virgil Drake, John Marthaler, Cliff Pflieger (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Apolda, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10757. BLONDE BOMBER.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Max Alkire

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #446307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Brooks

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17 #44-307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dennis Carey

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17G #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Virgil Drake

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17G #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Marthaler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17G #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Meier

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17G #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Peyton

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 November 1944 in B-17 #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clifford Pflieger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17 #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Craig Shields

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 Nov 1944 in B-17G #44-6307 'Blonde Bomber. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10757 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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