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42-106998

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 29/1/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 28/2/44; transferred 751BS/457BG [V] Glatton 2/3/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Graeme Bow, Navigator: George McGee, Bombardier: Dick Hibschman, Ball turret gunner: Bob Robinson, Waist gunner: Chester Spurrier (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Don Allen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester Hall, Radio Operator: John Bruggeman,Tail gunner: Joe Navarro (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Annarode, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 10322. PAPER DOLL.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 751st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Graeme Bow

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 November 1944 in B-17 #42106998 'Paper Doll' AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • John Bruggeman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 November 1944 in B-17 #2106998. 'Paper Doll' Prisoner of War (POW)

  • George Gee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

  • Chesten Hall

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Richard Hibschman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 November 1944 in B-17 #42106998 'Paper Doll' AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Donald Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Navarro

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 November 1944 in B-17 #42106998. 'Paper Doll' Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Robert Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 November 1944 in B-17 #42106998 'Paper Doll'

  • Chester Spurrier

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 November 1944 in B-17 #42106998 'Paper Doll' AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 2 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10322 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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