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42-102647

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Hunter 9//4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenethorpe 24/5/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Fred Windham, Navigator: Carl Floto, Bombardier: Angelo Melito, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Rittmaier, Waist gunner: Clyde Irelan (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Don Ferguson, Radio Operator: Dana Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Leon Mihalich, Waist gunner: Jose Garcia,Tail gunner: Floyd Miller (5 Killed in Action); flak KOd #3 & enemy aircraft the oxygen, crashed Niemeck, seven miles W of Treuenbrietzen, Ger. MACR 5305. BTO IN THE ETO.

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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Ferguson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Killed by initial flak hit. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5305. Awards: PH

  • Carl Floto

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G 42-31202 turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 9 Mar 1944 and the a/c ran off the runway upon landing. RTD. ...

  • Jose Garcia

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5305. Awards: PH

  • Clyde Irelan

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dana Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5305. Awards: PH

  • Angelo Melito

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102647 'BTO In the ETO. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Mihalich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5305. Awards: PH

  • Floyd Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5305. Awards: PH

  • Robert Rittmaier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42102647 'BTO In the ETO. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Windham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 4 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102647 'BTO In the ETO'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5305. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1944

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 23 March 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 23-Mar-44.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 24 May 1944

Assigned 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 14823 Niemegk, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 flak KOd #3 & enemy aircraft the oxygen, crashed Niemeck, 7 miles West of Treuenbrietzen 5 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR 5305.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2017 16:56:02 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28633435
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102647
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-102647&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
19 August 2017 19:37:49 GENE J Changes to media associations
Sources

FAMILY RECORDS OF JOE G. GARCIA

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2017 06:03:02 GENE J Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

from remember our heroes websight

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5305 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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