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42-107046

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-Z] Polebrook 26/3/44; Missing in Action {21m} Brandenburg 6/8/44 with Bill Boyd, Co-pilot: Chester Snyder, Radio Operator: Max Thompson, Ball turret gunner: Malcolm Keanes (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Art Marsden, Bombardier: Don Wassner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Karnes, Waist gunner: Ed Handel,Tail gunner: Ed Gavin (5 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Wust, E of Brandenburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7584. SCREW BALL.

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...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Gavin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Wust on 8/6/44 in B-17 Screw Ball #42107046 POW

  • Edward Handel

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Wust on 8/6/44 in B-17 Screw Ball #42107046 POW

  • William Jr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • William Karnes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Wust on 8/6/44 in B-17 Screw Ball #42107046 POW

  • Malcolm Kearns

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Wust in B-17 Screw Ball #42107046

  • Arthur Marsden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    On 6 August 1944 hit by flak. Half of us parachuted out, the other half were in the plane when it blew up and crashed at Wust. Prisoner of War (POW) until April 45 at Moosberg, Germany when liberated. B-17 Screw Ball' #42107046 Air Medal/ POW Medal

  • Chestet Snyder

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • Max Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group

  • Donald Wassner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and fighters and crashed at Wust on 8/6/44 in B-17 Screw Ball #42107046 POW

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 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7584 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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