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42-102971

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/44; Hunter 4/5/44; Grenier 19/5/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-J] Polebrook 29/5/44; Missing in Action {26m} Brandenburg 6/8/44 with Paul Pattison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Bullock, Radio Operator: Winfred Wiemer, Ball turret gunner: Frank Espinoza, Waist gunner: John Smith,Tail gunner: Clarry Bessanson (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Francis Parker, Navigator: Len Roberts, Bombardier: Roland Chamberlain (3 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft KO’d #3, crashed Schlunkendorf, near Dolitz, S of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7586.

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

  • Clarence Bessanson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42102971 POW

  • Clyde Bullock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42102971 POW

  • Roland Chamberlain

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder in B-17 #42102971

  • Frank Espinoza

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42102971 POW

  • Joseph Isoardi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Joseph J. Isoardi was my grandfather. I only knew him for 6 years of my life, but he was amazing. A life long goof-ball, his cap is always tilted to the side in his service pictures. He went on to father 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

  • Frank Muhleman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 508BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Francis Parker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder in B-17 #42102971

  • Paul Pattison

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    POA shot down &crashed at Werder in B-17 #42102971 on 8/6/44

  • Winfred Riemer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder on 8/6/44 in B-17 342102971 POW

  • Leonard Roberts

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Werder in B-17 #42102971

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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 6 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7586 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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