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41-24362

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned RAF [FA677] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 6-Aug-42; Podington 6-Aug-42; ditched Channel just off Margate, on return from Lille 9-Oct-42 aircraft flew 3 missions. Crew rescued, the first such 8AF sea rescue. No MACR issued. 10RTD.

P 1Lt Donald M. Swenson (RTD; CP 1Lt Frederick A. Bidelspach (RTD)
M 2Lt Morton K. Hoerster (RTD); 1Lt Alexander G. Cockersole, Jr. (RTD)
E/TTG TSgt Joseph H. Schwaller (RTD); RO TSgt Frank L. Sears (RTD)
BTG Sgt Millard C. Brock (RTD); WG SSgt Forest W. Bertsch (RTD)
WG Pvt Charles L. Irwin (RTD); TG MSgt Glen H. Doerr (RTD)

Service

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 419th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Forest Bertsch

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Frederick Bidelspach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Served as Co:Pilot of B-17F 41-24362 ditched in Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Millard Brock

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Ball Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD). First successfull ditching of a B-17 in the ETO

  • Alexander Cockersole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Glen Doerr

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Tail Gunner of B-17F 41-24362 ditched in Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD). First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Morton Hoerster

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Navigator on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942.Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO

  • Charles Irwin

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 aircraft was ditched in Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD). First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO

  • Joseph Schwaller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO

  • Frank Sears

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Radio Operator on B-17F 41-24362 the aircraft was ditched into the English Channel 9 October 1942. Rescued and Returned to Duty (RTD) First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

  • Donald Swenson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    While serving as Pilot of B-17F 41-24362 he ditched the aircraft in the English Channel one mile off of Margate 9 October 1942 on return from Lille, France. Returned to base. First successful ditching of a B-17 in the ETO.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 18:57:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. Format description.

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 16:17:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 24-Oct-2014. 'Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces' Stan Bishop &John A. Hey MBE.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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