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44-8001

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 10/5/44; Langley 27/6/44; Dow Fd 18/7/44; Assigned 32BS/301BG as PFF Lucera 30/7/44; Mech failure on Linz mission 25/11/44 with Vernon O Johnson, Beauford F Boswell, Edward D Molloy, Francis J Hanley, Moses D Stone, Melvin R Humphrey, David M Guyre, Joseph A Sabo (7 Killed in Action); Lester L Johnson, Joseph C Rutkowski (3 x RTD); Lost 2 x engines enroute to target. Aborted, dumped bombs in sea and routed to emergency field, crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; Missing Air Crew Report 7536.

Vernon Johnson, Lester Johnson, Joseph Rutkowski, injured but survived crash.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 32nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Norman Adler

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Returned from Blechhammer raid in B-17 44-8001 7-Aug-44 when part of crew baled out due to flak hits RTD. Failed to Return (FTR) Lechfeld 12-Sep-44 flak, crashed Karwendelhaus; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8622. ...

  • Beauford Boswell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered mechanical failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; Lost 2 x engines enroute to target. After aborting, crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; MACR 7536. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • William Caldwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammmer, Germany; A/C hit by flak and filled with smoke, baled out on the 'prepare to' order. A/C subsequently returned to base. 7-Aug-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7536 ...

  • Linden Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Returned from Blechhammer raid in B-17 44-8001 7-Aug-44 when part of crew baled out due to flak hits RTD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David Guyre

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered mechanical failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; MACR 7536. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Francis Hanley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered mechanical failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; Lost 2 x engines enroute to target. After aborting, crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; MACR 7536. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Leslie Holman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Ops Officer | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Awards: SS, DFC, BSM, (2OLC), AM (13OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Humphrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered mechanical failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; Lost 2 x engines enroute to target. After aborting, crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; MACR 7536. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Lester Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered mechanical failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; Survived crash MACR 7536. Returned to Duty (RTD) Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Vernon Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Suffered mechanical failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; crashed Iesi due to ground haze and late lighting of flare path; Badly injured, both legs broken and with most of his upper torso badly burnt...

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Places

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured 1944

Built at Vega.

Delivered 10 May 1944

Delivered Dallas AAF 10-May-44.

Assigned Lucera airfield, Italy 30 July 1944

Assigned 32BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF.

Battle damaged RTD Blechhammer, Germany 7 August 1944

Returned from Blechhammer raid in B-17 44-8001 7-Aug-44 when part of crew baled out due to flak hits 4 x POW, 6 x RTD.

Crashed Iesi, Italy 25 November 1944

Mech failure on Linz mission 25-Nov-44; Aborted, crashed Iesi; 3 x RTD, 7 x KIA MACR 7536.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2019 08:27:23 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29405080
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/44-8001/
https://www.fold3.com/image/29429751

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2019 17:42:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29405080
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/44-8001/
https://www.fold3.com/image/29429751

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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