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42-29630

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-S] Polebrook 27/5/43; then 509BS [RQ-S]; Missing in Action 30m Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Willis Smith, Co-pilot: Harlan Bixby, Navigator: Dick Speers, Bombardier: Bill White, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Norris, Radio Operator: Stephen Bodnar, Ball turret gunner: Clarry Begin, Waist gunner: Carl Lindblad, Waist gunner: Norman St Peter,Tail gunner: Chas Knothe, pass-Sgt Alton Walker[511BS] (11 Prisoner of War); flak & enemy aircraft, ditched off Guernsey, Channel Is, Missing Air Crew Report 1985. PICCADILLY COMMANDO.

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...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Begin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Harlan Bixby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 42-29630 'Piccadilly Commando. ' POW at Stalag Luft I.

  • Stephen Bodnar

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

  • Charles Knothe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29630 'Piccadilly Commando', Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Carl Lindbald

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Carl Lindblad

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29630 'Piccadilly Commando' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Norris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Norman Peter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Willis Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • Richard Speers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group

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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) near Cognac, France 31 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 04:00:46 Elliott Changes to description
Sources

Name

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2017 03:35:59 Elliott Changes to description
Sources

Name

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1985 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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