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42-29853

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 26/2/43; Gore 9/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Framlingham 13/6/43; 1m, transferred 407/327BS/92BG [UX-S/U] Alconbury 17/6/43; in a slight mid-air collision with 42-3184 (92) on 21/7/43 with Tom Hullings; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Jim Stewart, Co-pilot: Leon Landers, Navigator: Frank Smith, Bombardier: Chas Henderson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dan Carlisle, Radio Operator: Elmer Collins, Ball turret gunner: John Wasche, Waist gunner: Steve Solga, Waist gunner: Gerry Swanger,Tail gunner: Chas Lewis (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Eifel, near Bonn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 653.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-3184 ALIQUIPPA

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12 March 1943; Memphis 4 September 1943; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-C/Q] Alconbury 24 April 1943. Piloted by Frederick T. Prasse on 21 July 1943 and involved in slight mid-air collision with 42-29853 (327BS/92BG - Pilot Thomas M....

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    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...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Dan Carlsilie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Elmer Collins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Landers

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Lewis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frederick Prasse

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1940. Received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve Corps. Called to active duty, November 1940. Entered the Armored Force School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Shortly after Pearl...

  • Frank Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Steve Solga

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Stewart

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29853, Prisoner of War (POW). May have been Lieutenant J. D. Stewart mentioned in Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 503, in 17 July 1943 mission. ...

  • Gerald Swanger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Places

  • 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...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 653 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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