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44-6463

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Kearney 11/8/44; Grenier 22/8/44; Assigned 839BS/487BG [R5-T] Lavenham 5/10/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 28/9/44 with Clarry Lamason, Co-pilot: Kelvin Pierce, Navigator: Ray Kathary, Bombardier: Howard McIntyre, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Adams, Ball turret gunner: Gordon Sorrell, Waist gunner: Bill Lordi, Waist gunner: Bill Bauchens,Tail gunner: Dick Gruwell (9 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Bob Breiling (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Naherstille, SE of Eisenach, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 9421.

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...

  • 839th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clyde Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Neustadt on 9/28/44 in B-17 #44-6463, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Bauchens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 9/28/44 in B-17 #446463

  • Robert Breiling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 9/28/44 in B-17 #446463 Killed in Action (KIA) 10 Feb 1945. Flew on B-17G #44-6463. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Richard Gruwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 28 Sep 1944 in B-17 #44-6463

  • Raymond Kathary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 28 Sep 1944 in B-17G #44-6463

  • Clarence Lamason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 28 Sep 1944 in B-17G #44-6463.

  • William Lordi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 9/28/44 in B-17 #44-6463. I know from his papers he was a tail gunner and/or a waist gunner on the B-24 and B17G. I have an old photo of him with the crew of the 'Chief Wapello' (B-24) which came over from...

  • Howard McIntyre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 28 Sep 1944 in B-17 #44-6463.

  • Kelvin Pierce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 28 Sep 1944 in B-17G #44-6463

  • Gordon Sorrell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Neustadt on 9/28/44 in B-17 #44-6463

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 28 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9421 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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