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42-30112

B-17 Flying Fortress

42-30112 Delivered Cheyenne 12/4/43; Gore 21/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 10/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Ass 410BS/94BG [GL-Z] Rougham 13/6/43; MIA Merignac 5/1/44 w/Allan Powell, cp-Tom Hudson, ro-Wesley Geist, btg-Goble Miracle, wg-Ernie Trummel, wg-Sherman Frew, tg-Alton Brown, ettg-Delmar Broyles (8 KIA); b-Hugh Shields, n- Bob Anderson (2 EVD); e/a, cr in woody swamp at St Laurent-et-Benon, 30 miles NW of Bordeaux, Fr. MACR 1891. LIL BUTCH.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Evaded.

  • Alton Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Delmar Broyles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Delmar C. Broyles was born October 9, 1921. His next of kin were his parents, Clarence and Grace Broyles. He was from West Los Angeles, California. ...

  • Sherman Frew

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wesley Geist

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Hudson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Goble Miracle

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Allen Powell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA). AM, PH

  • Hugh Shields

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Evaded.

  • Ernest Trummel

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30112 'Lil' Butch'. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 127

    11 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two element. The first element is a combined force of 167 B-17s of 3rd Bomb Division including: 94BG (21); 95BG (20); 96BG (42-double force); 100BG (20); 385BG (23) and 390BG (21) dispatched to bomb the railroad marshaling...

  • VIII Bomber Command 131

    16 November 1943
    This mission was directed at targets in Norway. It was composed of three elements. The first element was a combined force of 189 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 384BG (21); 303BG (20); 379BG (22); 351BG (20); 91BG (20); 381BG (22); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 33112 Saint Laurent-et-Benon, France 5 January 1944

According to the Escape and Evasion Report of the two survivors, Robert Anderson and Hugh C. Shields, the ship was set upon by fighters around 1100 hours about 5 kilometers west of St. Laurent Je Medoc. He stated that immediately after the first Fighter attack one engine had to be feathered and the tail controls were damaged. Tail Gunner Alton Brown reported to the Pilot, Allen C. Powell, that he was badly hurt and then the radio system went out. Anderson stated that Top Turret/Engineer Delmar C. Broyles told Anderson that he was going to the rear of the plane, via the bomb bay, to inform the others of the bail out instructions from the Pilot. As he was passing through the bomb bay the aircraft went into a crash dive. Anderson believes that Ball Turret gunner Goble Miracle was trapped in the Ball Turret. Anderson states that Co-Pilot Thomas H. Hudson Jr. was injured and assisting the pilot on an attempt to maintain control of the aircraft so the crew could bail out. Hudson told Anderson that he and Powell would set up the AFCE (Automatic Flight Control Equipment) and attempt to get back to England. Anderson states that he believes that Powell was injured in a cannon blast immediately prior to Andersons exit from the aircraft. He stated that the main portion of the cannon blast was in the area of the Pilots and Co-Pilots seats. The second survivor Hugh C. Shields stated that Broyles stuck his head into the nose compartment and told him and Anderson of the bail out order. Shields told Broyles to tell the pilot, Powell, that the bombs were still in the plane. As Shields and Anderson were bailing out of the Navigators escape hatch the plane went into a vertical dive with the right wing in flames and breaking off. The plane made violent aerobics and exploded upon striking the ground.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2020 20:28:57 ram957 Changes to media associations
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Roger Watts

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31 January 2020 20:55:09 jmoore43 Changes to description and events
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Added 2 spaces in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2017 00:44:28 ram957 Changes to description
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Macr

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09 May 2017 20:26:09 ram957 Changes to events
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Escape & Evasion Reports

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2017 04:08:42 ram957 Changes to media associations
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94th BG Facebook page / Rougham Tower Association

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 11:46:14 Lucy May Changes to description, events and place associations
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Combined two entries for B-17 42-30112 into a single entry. The AAM website initially included an entry produced using the following sources:
Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1891 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

However, as user 'ram957' has put considerable effort into this second entry we've decided to bring the information from the first record into this second record.

The main difference between the two records is that the first record listed the fates of the crew members as 7 KIA, 3 EVD (with Broyles EVD). This record lists the fates as 8 KIA, 2 EVD (as Broyles was in fact KIA - see an excerpt from his IDPF here: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/15732)

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2015 00:07:39 ram957 Changes to media associations
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Research from 94th BG

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E&E Reports

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RESEARCH

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Research

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FORMATION SHEETS

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FORMATION SHEETS

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FORMATION SHEETS

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FORMATION SHEETS

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RESEARCH

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JOE BAUGHER

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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MACR 1891

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05 August 2015 16:11:32 ram957 Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and person associations
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MACR 1891

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