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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered West Palm Beach 7/1/43; Assigned 342BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 3/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/9/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Lost Palermo, Italy to flak and fighters 16/4/43 with 1Lt William F Murray Jr, 1Lt Vernon J Reed, 1Lt Harold P Schirmer, 2Lt Arthur L Price, T/Sgt Louie Rosetti, T/Sgt Jack D Stout, S/Sgt Clarence P Somers, Sgt John V Lyons, Sgt Howard Pollock, Sgt Charles H Starin. Written off 17/4/44. Missing Air Crew Report 3684. (10 x KIA 16/4/44. Missing Air Crew Report 3908).



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Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered West Palm Beach, FL, USA 7 January 1943

Delivered West Palm Beach 7/1/43

Assigned 71040 Amendola FG, Italy March 1943

Assigned 342BS/97BG

Crashed Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy 16 April 1943

Lost Palermo, Italy to flak and fighters 16-Apr-43.


Date Contributor Update
25 August 2017 20:15:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations and place associations
A History of the Mediterranean Air War, 1940-1945: Volume 3: Tunisia and the end in Africa Nov 42 - May 43 By Christopher Shores, Giovanni Massimello

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log