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42-29754

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43.
Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-B] Alconbury 15/4/43.
334BG [BG-B] MASON'S MORONS - Framlingham 12/5/43.
With R.C. Mason, force landed RAF Colerne 17/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 7m.
Transferred to 360BS/303BG [PU-B] Molesworth 17/6/43.

Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43 with:
(7 Prisoner of War):
- George Crockett, Pilot;
- Israel Millner, Navigator;
- Allen Jaynes, Radio Operator;
- Gene Williams, Left Waist gunner;
- Eddie Homer, Right Waist gunner;
- Ben Clarke, Ball turret gunner;
- Jim Burke, Tail gunner.
3 killed in action :
- Meran Barsam, Co-pilot;
- Bill Cramsie, Bombardier;
- Morris Tepper , Flight engineer.

Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. Missing Air Crew Report 405.
SHANGRI-LA LIL.

See more at : http://www.303rdbg.com/360crockett.html

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Pilot in the 360th Squadron.

  • Meran Barsam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 405

  • Gilbert Bengston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #4229738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Augustus Brundage

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group

  • James Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 POW MACR 405. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Benjamin Clarke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner / Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Prisoner of War. See more at : http://www.303rdbg.com/360crockett.html

  • Edward Cobb

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Robert Cogswell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations. ...

  • William Cramsie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 405. Awards: PH.

  • George Crockett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 POW MACR 405. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

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...

  • Colerne

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1940 as an RAF Fighter Station, with US fighters based here in late 1942.

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Colerne, Wiltshire, UK 17 May 1943

Force landed RAF Colerne 17/5/43. Pilot Lt R C Mason.

Crashed Saint-Omer, France 27 August 1943 – 27 August 1943

Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. (7 x POW, 3 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR405.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 19:00:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 14:00:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

Amended casualty details from http://www.303rdbg.com/360crockett.html

Date Contributor Update
01 April 2015 12:23:20 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Added details from http://www.303rdbg.com/360crockett.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 405 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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