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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 24/2/43; with Tom Jenkins force landed Gowen, Id 25/2/43; Pueblo 13/3/43; Kearney 2/4/43; Patterson 13/4/43; Presque Is 17/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-D] Polebrook 24/4/43; Missing in Action {8m} St Nazaire 28/6/43 with John Moss, Co-pilot: Leon Bigelow, Radio Operator: Burt Almy, Ball turret gunner: Emery Criswell (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Jack Mason, Bombardier: Aren Lazerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Beal, Waist gunner: John Kennedy, Waist gunner: Theo Malish,Tail gunner: Lonnie Owens (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft & flak, crashed Bay of Biscay between islands of Houat ans Hoedic, Fr.; Missing Air Crew Report 15130.



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    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...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • 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 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