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42-107132

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-V] Nuthampstead 4/5/44; (4m) Missing in Action Berlin 24/5/44 with John Ingram, Co-pilot: John Rose, Bombardier: Norman Bergen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Luther Willis, Radio Operator: Don Christensen, Waist gunner: Uvaldo Morales,Tail gunner: Tom Kelley (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill Hoffman, Ball turret gunner: Frank Gnasdowski, Waist gunner: Joe Andrews (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Biesenthal, nine miles SW of Eberswalde, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5253.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joe Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Norman Bergen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Donald Christensen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frank Gnasdowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107132. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hoffman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Ingram

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42-107132. Killed in Action (KIA). Berlin, Germany PH

  • Thomas Kelly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group

  • Uvaldo Morales

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Rose

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Luther Willis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 May 1944 in B-17 #42107132. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 24 May 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5253 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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