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42-29838

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-U] Polebrook 17/4/43; Missing in Action 4m St Nazaire 29/5/43 with Colonel (correct name) Russell, Co-pilot: Leo Gritkas, Navigator: Roy Stealey (Wounded in Action), Bombardier: Charles Woehrle, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Charles Eaton, Tail gunner: Fred Williams (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Jim Welk, Ball turret gunner: Nahannie Bader, Waist gunner: Wayne Baldwin, Waist gunner: Alf Huffman (4 Killed in Action); flak hit blew away btg with Bader inside as well as starting fires, crashed Ploeren, W of Vannes, Fr. THE CONCHO CLIPPER.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    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...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Nahannie Bader

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29838 'The Concho Clipper'. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wayne Baldwin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 42-29838 'The Concho Clipper'. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Eaton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Grikstas

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Maurice McLaughlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    SSgt Maurice McLaughlin, right waist gunner of the B-17 42-2838 “The Concho Clipper”, took off from station 110 Polebrook, UK on a bombing mission over Saint Nazaire’s submarine pens along “Flak Alley”. Over the target and harassed by Fw-190 fighters,...

  • Colonel Russell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Stealey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Welk

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frederick Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Woehrle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 May 1943 in B-17 #4229838 'The Concho Clipper. ' Plane crashed on a field in Ploeren, France. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III.

Places

  • 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

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 44600 Saint-Nazaire, France 29 May 1943
Crashed Ploeren, France 29 May 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16399 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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