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42-29680

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/2/43; Salina 14/2/43; Rapid City 16/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 25/3/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-R] Alconbury 24/4/43; transferred 412BS [QW-R] then 336BS [ET-R]; 3m, Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Joe Nunes, Co-pilot: Gus Vacek, Navigator: Larry Finch, Bombardier: Bob Francis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wayne Rife, Radio Operator: Walt Miller, Ball turret gunner: Austin Scott, Waist gunner: Ivan Clinton, Waist gunner: Bob Hardy,Tail gunner: Grady Kearsey (10 Killed in Action);enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, between Tonder, Den. and Oldenberg/Holstein, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2751. BATTLIN’ B.

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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ivan Clinton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Finch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 42-29680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA). Body not recovered.

  • Robert Francis

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Hardy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Grady Kearsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Nunes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on May 29, 1943 piloted B-17 42-29709 'Yo' Brother' which collided with another plane near target area. Landed plane back in England

  • Wayne Rife

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Austin Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4229680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • August Vacek

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29680 which crashed near Tonder. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Baltic Sea 13 June 1943 – 13 June 1943

Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43. Cause - enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea, between Tonder, Denmark and Oldenberg/Holstein, Germany. (10 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 2751.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2015 15:15:25 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2751 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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