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42-102613

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 3/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-C] Polebrook 29/4/44; Missing in Action {10m} Ludwigshafen 27/5/44 with Howard Evans, Co-pilot: Jim Duffy, Bombardier: Roger Peterson (3 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Joe Norton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Kopf,Tail gunner: Stephen Kovacs (3 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Ron Pope, Ball turret gunner: Jack Honsowetz, Waist gunner: Glen Joiner (3 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, exploded crashed Nonnenweier, six miles W of Baden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5324.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Duffy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102613. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Evans

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • Jack Honsowertz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102613. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Geln Joiner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Donald Kopf

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 42-102613. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Stephen Kovacs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102613. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Joseph Norton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102613. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Roger Peterson

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102613. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ronald Pope

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 May 1944 in B-17 #42102613. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 27 May 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5324 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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