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42-102511

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Gr Island 27/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-P] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; (24m) Missing in Action Lechfeld 19/7/44 with Dallas Hawkins, Co-pilot: Earl Hart, Navigator: Joe Doglio, Bombardier: John Loomis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon Sudborough, Radio Operator: Paul Bunning, Ball turret gunner: Tom Garrett,Tail gunner: Gregory Groncki (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Doyle Borchers (Prisoner of War); flak hit #2 gas tank, ship exploded and tg blew out; crashed Weil, near Epfenhausen, Sth of Augsburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7544.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Doyle Borchers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Weil in B-17 #42102511. Only survivor when plane hit directly by flak and fell to pieces. He wrote a book about his experience.

  • Paul Bunning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Weil in B-17 #42102511

  • Joseph Doglio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    The crew of B-17 #42102511 was Killed in Action (KIA) on 19 July 1944 while on a bombing mission to Lechfeld, Germany. It was Lt. Doglio's 15th mission. There was one survivor--the waist gunner. Lt. Doglio enlisted as a mechanic on 2 November 1942. He...

  • Thomas Garrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Weil in B-17 #42102511

  • Gregory Groncki

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group

  • Earl Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Weil on 7/19/44 in B-17 #42102511

  • Dallas Hawkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    2nd Lieutenant Dallas L. Hawkins was born December 24, 1918. His next of kin were his wife, Mary Lee Hawkins, and his parents, Ralph and Elsie Hawkins. His hometown was Worthington, West Virginia. ...

  • John Loomis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Weil on 7/19/44 in B-17 42-102511.

  • Robert Rowland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball-turret gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Bob Rowland flew 35 missions in 1944 with the 398th BG from Nuthampstead. air medal In 2017, Bob was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur.

  • Gordon Sudborough

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Weil in B-17 342102511

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7544 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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