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42-29726

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky Hill 25/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 20/4/43 THE DALLAS REBEL; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-Q] Polebrook 11/7/43; battle damaged Kassel 12m 30/7/43 with Jim Maginis, Co-pilot: Roy Peterson, Navigator: Bill Holloway, Bombardier: Ed Piech, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Glenn, Radio Operator: Harvey, Ball turret gunner: Verl Long, Waist gunner: Angelo Riccardi, Waist gunner: Jim McCurdy (wia, died next day), Tail gunner: Dan Reeder. (9 Returned to Duty); crash landed Leiston, Sfk.; severely damaged so it was Salvaged 2/8/43. POISONALITY.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron
  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Glenn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 'Poisonality. ' Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3486. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Harvey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 'Poisonality'.

  • William Holloway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality.

  • Verl Long

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality.

  • James Maginnis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality. Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3486. Killed in Action (KIA). This was his 25th mission.

  • Jimmy McCurdy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Died of wounds. July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality. 20 mm shells sent armoured plating through McCurdy. Upon landing, he was hospitalized where he died the next day.

  • Roy Peterson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality. Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Piech

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 Poisonality.

  • Daniel Reeder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 'Poisonality. '

  • Angelo Riccardi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    July 30, 1943, on return from Kassel raid crash landed in ac B17 42-29726 'Poisonality'. Shot down by fighters on mission to Halberstadt on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-3486. Killed in Action (KIA).

Places

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • 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...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Dallas, TX, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Texas, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering NN14, UK 20 April 1943

Assigned to 337BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Polebrook, Peterborough PE8, UK 11 July 1943

Transferred to 509BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 30 July 1943

Battle damaged Kassel, crash landed Leiston, Suffolk. severely damaged. 1 x WIA/KIA, 9 x RTD. 30-Jul-43.

Salvaged Leiston IP16, UK 2 August 1943

Salvaged 2-Aug-43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 16:51:24 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM Db entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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