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42-102560

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-X] Horham 11/4/44; 62m, Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Chas Wicker, Co-pilot: Alf Rivas, Navigator: Fred Johnson, Bombardier: Warren Briggs, Radio Operator: Gordon Bryce (5 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Robinson, Ball turret gunner: Jim Knighton, Waist gunner: Don Dale,Tail gunner: Ed Kobley (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Merseburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10840. THE THOMPER.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Briggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gordon Bryce

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Dale

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Grossheim

    Military | Major | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 pilot with the 334th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, from April 1944-November 1944. Wounded in action on 7/11/44. Completed 34 combat missions. Distinguished Flying Cross/Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters/Purple Heart

  • Fred Johnson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Knighton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Kobley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). He was returned to his family in Chicago but died soon afterwards in December 1945.

  • Alfred Rivas

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Robinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Wicker

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1944 in B-17 #42102560 'The Thomper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • 731

    30 November 1944

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Merseburg, Germany 30 November 1944 – 30 November 1944

Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44. Cause flak, crashed Merseburg, Germany. (4 x POW, 5 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 10840.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2015 18:47:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 16:10:23 mdgtmstng Changes to nicknames
Sources

95th BG Memorial Foundation, and Ed Grossheim

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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