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42-102579

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-C] Nuthampstead 27/4/44; (25m) Missing in Action Merseburg 28/7/44 with Wilbur Dwyer, Co-pilot: Claude Williams, Navigator: Joe Mute, Bombardier: Bob Woolley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ted Boerman, Ball turret gunner: Dick Lowry,Tail gunner: Bob Harrington (7 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Gene Zoldy, Waist gunner: Leon Ford (2 evaded capture); flak KO’d #3, crashed Wanfercee, NE of Charleroi, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 7823 [?7822]. STINKER.

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 Allied...

  • 603rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ted Boersma

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group

  • Wilbur Dwyer

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Charlroi on 7/28/44 in B-17 Stinker #42102579 POW

  • Leon Ford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Charlroi on 7/28/44 in B-17 Stinker #42102579. Returned to England 9 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status

  • Robert Harrington

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

  • Richard Lowry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Charlroi on 7/28/44 in B-17 Stinker #42102579 POW

  • Joseph Mute

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Claude Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed while taking off on runway #17 at Nuthampstead on 26 July 1944. POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Charlroi on 7/28/44 in B-17 Stinker #42102579 POW

  • Robert Woolley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Charlroi on 7/28/44 in B-17 Stinker #42102579 POW

  • Eugene Zoldy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by flak and crashed at Charlrow on 7/28/44 in B-17 Stinker 42-102579. Returned to England 5 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status

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 28 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7823 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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