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42-29787

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gulfport 31/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Alconbury 15/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 3m, transferred 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Alconbury 6/8/43, the transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 4/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Chas Lefevre, Co-pilot: John Miller, Navigator: Jan Spurgiasz, Bombardier: Alf Valsecchi, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Mulliganwashed up 11/1/44, Radio Operator: Leon Dixonwashed up 19/12/43, Ball turret gunner: Bob Hunter, Waist gunner: Wesley Laird, Waist gunner: Lion Gorn (9KIA-several killed in dinghy by German soldiers, five never found),Tail gunner: Edgar Schooley (Prisoner of War); flak, ditched North Sea a mile off Dutch coast. Missing Air Crew Report 1332. WILDER NELL.

'Sgt. Edgar A. Schooley Jr. (tail gunner on the Wilder Nell II, 42-29787), the lone survivor, states that the plane was not hit over Germany while on their bombing mission to Bremen but was but shot down over the Netherlands by ground fire. In accordance with an eye witness, the plane was followed by two German fighters and the bomber crew threw some thing out. The bomber made a crash-landing at sea with the nose to the south. The German fighters circled above the bomber but didn't fire. At least 4 crew members climbed into a dinghy and a few others were floating with their life jackets on in the sea. It was tidal and the sea was rough. Suddenly, a machine gun opened fire. T/Sgt Schooley reached a pier and was picked up by the Germans after a German officer stopped the shooting. The other crew members were killed by the fire or drowned. The time was 16.07 hrs. The Wilder Nell II was “shot down” by Oblt. Erich Bucholz in a Bf (ME) 109, type G-6 who claimed the victory'.

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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 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...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arlie Arneson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Thomas crew. 24 x combat missions. POW ...

  • Leonard Dixon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4229787. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lion Gorn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4229787. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Collis Haynes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 missions. After his tour of duty, recommended to return to the US to become an instructor in Flying Training Command. ...

  • Robert Hunter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29787. Plane ditched in North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wesley Laird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29787. Plane ditched in North Sea, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Le Fevre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-17 42-29787 FR-E "Wilder Nell II", lost on Bremen mission, ditched in North Sea off Dutch coast on 29 Nov 43. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1332. Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4229787. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4229787. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Mulligan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #4229787. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Prochaska

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator, Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

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...

  • 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...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed North Sea 29 November 1943 – 29 November 1943

Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43. Cause - flak, ditched North Sea a mile off Dutch coast. (1 x POW, 9 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR1332.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 21:57:26 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, description and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=51203

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 21:33:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit 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 / MACR 1332 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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