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42-102497

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Hunter 10/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-A] Lavenham 1/5/44; Missing in Action Darmstadt 24/12/44 with Willard Curtiss, Frank Callaghen, Salvaged Saporito (3 Killed in Action); Tom Collins, Ed Ghezzi, Jim Merritt, Bob Blackwell, Sam Pagac, Ralph Barajas (6 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft, force landed Hods, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 12177.

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...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Barajas

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-102497 'Flak Hack'

  • Robert Blackwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

  • Frank Callaghan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-102497 'Flak Hack'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Thomas Collins

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 44 in B-17G #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

  • Willard Curtiss

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

  • Edward Ghezzi

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods in B-17 #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

  • James Merritt

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17 #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

  • Samuel Pagac

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

  • Salvatore Saporito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Hods in B-17G #42-102497 'Flak Hack'.

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) Belgium 24 December 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12177 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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