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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/2/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-D] Polebrook 20/4/43; Missing in Action 7m St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Bill King, Co-pilot: Lloyd Gullickson, Navigator: Sid Lang, Radio Operator: Chas Armstrong, Ball turret gunner: Bradley Learned, Waist gunner: Reid Merry (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Russ McDonald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leroy Birkley, Waist gunner: Jack Sanderson,Tail gunner: Ernie Taylor (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d all engines, ditched Bay of Biscay, only four crewmen found by French fishermen; Missing Air Crew Report 15511 . ARGONAUT II.



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb 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...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Armstrong

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Leroy Birkley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 June 1943 in B-17 42-29817 'Argonaut II' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Russel Donald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Gullickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • Jack Kern

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • William King

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • Sidney Lang

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group

  • Bradley Learned

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Reid Merry

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • Jack Sanderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

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  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 28 June 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 October 2015 16:02:32 dan35 Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15130 / MACR 15511 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database