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42-29529

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Assigned 369BS/306BG Thurleigh 24/3/43; transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-L] Chelveston 10/43; then to 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 6/11/43; returning from Bremen 13/12/43 aircraft lost two engines and crash landed base with George Poole, Co-pilot: Bob Butler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Mazzaccaro, Ball turret gunner: Herman Hoskins, rest unknown (10 Returned to Duty), Salvaged. NORA II.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

People

  • William Byrd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gillespie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Harpool

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Hess

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed tour of duty. Returned to ETO with the 449BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF until July 1945 [Documents accompany database form] Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME, DUC.

  • Herman Hoskins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-97228. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier December 13, 1943, 'Nora' ac 42-29529 was damaged by flak and crashed upon landing. 10 RTD

  • George James

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 Battle Star).

  • Euel Jenkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII AM, Victory, EAME.

  • Roger Link

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lester Personeus

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions ETO. Ended tour Duty (ETD). Went on to complete 23 x combat missions on B-29's in the pacific. Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Reese

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 20:50:56 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. page 293

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2017 17:29:06 JoCarter Changes to production block number
Sources

info updated

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2017 17:28:47 JoCarter Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

info updated

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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