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44-6838

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 27/11/44; Grenier 16/12/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 1/1/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with D.V. Tregoning, force landed B-53, Merville, Bel. then rep; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19/12/45. CAL'S RASCALS aka THE SPIRIT OF MARTINEZ.

The “Spirit of Martinez” “our very own Flying Fortress Bomber” piloted mostly by Martinez native Lt. Frank Calicura of the 8th Air Force, 95th BG in Europe. The citizens of Martinez raised $800,000 in war bonds so Frank was granted permission to name a plane after his home town. The crew flew 28 bombing missions over Germany and 3 food supply drops over Holland.

Service

Units

People

  • John Barnes

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Earle Bogacki

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Frank Calicura

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-17 Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Frank Calicura served as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group. ...

  • Robert Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Dale Ernest

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Marvin Markus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Victor Probst

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Titus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 8AF 830

    14 February 1945

  • 832

    15 February 1945

  • 835

    19 February 1945
    1,100 Heavies Hit Nazi Rails ...

  • 836

    20 February 1945
    "Continuing their offensive against the Nazi communications, 900 Fortresses of the 8th Air Force, attacking in two giant waves, thundered over Nuremberg yesterday to shower the cities huge railway yards and locomotive repair shops with more than 11,000...

  • 847

    25 February 1945
    "The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil...

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 883

    12 March 1945
    Heavies Hit Near Rhine, Along Baltic ...

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 8th Air Force 911

    24 March 1945
    "8th AF Aided Paratroops ...

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 19:49:47 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/59

Date Contributor Update
16 September 2018 04:27:30 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to nicknames and markings
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2018 06:19:33 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to description
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https://www.martinezhistory.org/History/mtzcanteen/mtzcanteen.html

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2018 08:18:54 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to mission associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2018 07:55:14 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2018 05:45:29 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to markings
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/44-6838-spirit-of-martinez/

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2018 04:06:50 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to nicknames
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2018 03:17:51 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations
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https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/314

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 05:44:32 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to manufacturer and nicknames
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owner of source material

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 05:43:02 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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original owner of source material

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 05:32:15 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to aircraft associations
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owner of original source material

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 05:30:54 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to aircraft associations
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owner of original material on subject(s)

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 05:29:26 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to unit associations
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original owner of source material.

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2018 05:20:53 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to person associations
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original owner of source material on subject(s)

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 11:16:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
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Associated Group

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2018 03:09:50 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to nicknames
Sources

based off multiple sources and images

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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