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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 23/1/44; Dow Fd 5/2/44; Grenier 26/2/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [W] Glatton 2/3/44; damaged over Melun, pilot ordered bale ou, but apparently not heard by rest of crew 14/6/44 with Bill Gibbons (evaded capture); Co-pilot: Capt Ray Syptak, Navigator: Bill Brandt, ex/n-Marsh Hovey, Bombardier: Patrick Walls, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Birchen, Radio Operator: John Billington, Ball turret gunner: Roland Vevier, Waist gunner: Paul Holder, Waist gunner: Jasper Smith,Tail gunner: George Bennett (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 2 SAD 15/6/44, then transferred to Mediterranean Theater of Operations.



  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb 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...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 14 June 1944


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5907 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database