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42-102547

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 2/5/44; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-F] Thurleigh 5/5/44. Missing in Action 63M Berlin 3 February 1945 with Vernor F. Daley Jr, Co-pilot: Joseph J. Carbine, Navigator: Paul A. Becker, Bombardier: Robert E. Crede, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Reisel R. Horn, Radio Operator: Porfirio J. Marquez, Ball turret gunner: George W. Petrillo, Waist gunner: Silvio P. DeZolt,Tail gunner: Okey R. Coplin, Passenger : BBC News correspondent Guy Byam (10 Killed in Action). Hit by Flak over target and on the return flight. In the last radio contact, the pilot reported that one engine had been shot out and another losing gasoline and that they were headed for the English Coast. Nothing was heard nor found about the Fortress and the men on board, which were considered as having crashed in the Channel, with all men on board Missing In Action. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 12283. ROSE OF YORK.

Named for the then Princess Elizabeth Windsor (now Queen Elizabeth II) the Rose of York was originally name Princess Elizabeth but that did not meet with any official approval. The aircraft was renamed 'Rose of York' instead and was christened by the Princess on her royal visit to the airfield. It was part of the 306th Bomb Group throughout it's 62 successful missions. It was destroyed on the return from a raid to Berlin on it's 63rd mission, hit by accurate and concentrated AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another streaming gasoline, lost over the English channel with all 9 crew and reporter.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Navigator B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR,...

  • Guy Byam (Corstiaens)

    Military | Royal Navy (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve), BBC War correspondent
    Guy Byam Corstiaens (later known as just Guy Byam) had joined the Royal Navy and was among the 68 survivors of the 254 men on board HMS "Jervis Bay" which was sunk on 5 November 1940 in the North Atlantic. Byam had swum through oily waters before being...

  • Joseph Carbine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Co-Pilot B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted...

  • Okey Coplin

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Robert Crede

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Bombardier B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR,...

  • Vernor Daley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Pilot B-17 #42-102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted...

  • Silvio DeZolt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 42-102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Reisel Horn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

  • Porfirio Marquez

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Arthur Mack crew. Reported to the ETO on 19 Nov 1943. ...

  • George Petrillo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Crew B-17 #42102547 'Rose of York' [62 mission veteran], on return from 63rd bombing mission [ Berlin ], A/C hit by concentrated and accurate AA fire, last contact indicated one engine out and another trailing gasoline, failed to return FTR, posted MIA...

Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Renamed Thurleigh, Bedford, Bedford MK44, UK 6 July 1944

Initially named in honour of Princess Elizabeth 'Elizabeth', then renamed 'The Princess' and finally named 'Rose of York' in a presentation attended by the King, Queen and Princess at Thurleigh.

Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 3 February 1945

Missing in Action on raid to Berlin 3/2/45 with 9 man crew and BBC News correspondent Guy Byam (10 KIA Total); hit by flak, crashed Channel, MACR 12283.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2019 09:27:28 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description and events
Sources

MACR 12283
Corrected some last names, completed first names and added middle initials

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2015 23:15:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.vintagewings.ca

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 16:02:33 jrugman Changes to description and place associations
Sources

Page 141, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2015 21:26:06 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames and events
Sources

http://www.vintagewings.ca

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12283 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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