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41-24344

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 20-Aug-42; 414BS/97BG Polebrook 28-Aug-42; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. This was 97th's first mission 21-Oct-42, shot down and crashed Plouescat, near Morlaix, France. 8KIA 2POW Missing Air Crew Report 15352.

P Capt John M. Bennett (POW); CP 1Lt William F. Galey (KIA)
N 1Lt Robert E. Jackson (POW); B 1Lt Thomas L. Morgan (KIA),
E/TTG SSgt George W. Wright (KIA); RO Sgt McCleary H. Harper (KIA)
BTG Sgt John D. Hyman (KIA); WG Sgt William J. Thompson (KIA)
WG SSgt Jim D. Combs (KIA); TG Sgt Andrew L. Jackson (KIA)

Service

Units

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bennett

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to 303BG/359BS as a pilot at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on 15-Apr-42. However, he was reassigned to 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • Jim Combs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to the 303BG/359BS as an Aerial Gunner at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on 13-Feb-42. However, he was reassigned to the 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • William Galey

    Military | Lieutenant | Communications Officer, Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to 303BG/359BS as Communications Officer 15-Apr-42 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. However he was reassigned to the 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • McCleary Harper

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 October 1942 in B-17 41-24344 while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Hyman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 October 1942 in B-17 41-24344 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Andrew Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to the 303BG/359BS as an Aerial Gunner at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on 13-Feb-42. However, he was reassigned to the 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • Robert Jackson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to the 303BG/359BS 15-Apr-42 at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho as a Navigator but was reassigned to the 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Exact date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • Thomas Morgan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to the 303BG/359BS as a Bombardier at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on 15-Apr-1942. However, he was reassigned to 97BG prior to the 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • William Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Originally assigned to the 303BG/359BS as an Aerial Gunner at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho on 19-Feb-42. However, he was reassigned to the 97BG prior to 303BG's deployment to Molesworth in September 1942. Date of reassignment not determined. ...

  • George Wright

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 October 1942 in B-17 41-24344 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 15

    21 October 1942
    German U-Boat pens are Lorient, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission along with the German airfield at Cherbourg, France. 93BG despatches 24-B-24s to Lorient, but cloud cover prevents them from bombing. The main attack force to Lorient...

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) Plouescat, France 21 October 1942

Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed at Plouescat near Morlaix, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 17:58:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Nov-2014. Added 97BG place association and corrected Mission association.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2014 17:56:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Nov-2014. Added FTR details and formatted Description.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2014 20:42:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Oct-2014. Edits to crew names, Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)15352.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15352 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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