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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/43; Salina 8/3/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-L] Alconbury 25/4/43; then 325BS; Missing in Action Kassel 28/7/43 with Ben Smotherman, Co-pilot: Dave Pollack, Navigator: Sid Leigh, Bombardier: Wray McKenzie, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Atlee Pearson, Radio Operator: John Fogarty, Ball turret gunner: V.M. Chandler, Waist gunner: Curtis Moore, Waist gunner: Jim O’Connell,Tail gunner: Fred Rentz (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, force landed Veenendaal, near Wageningen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 657.



  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    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...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • V Chandler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 42-29798. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Fogarty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Sidney Leigh

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Wray MacKenzie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • James O'Connell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Benjamine Smotherman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 28 July 1943


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 657 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database