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42-29862

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/43; Pueblo 12/3/43; Presque Is 12/4/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-H] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action 1m Courtrai 14/5/43 with Cliff McCoy, Co-pilot: Chas Nickels, Navigator: Carlisle Nottingham, Bombardier: Jerry Scollard, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Brasic, Radio Operator: Cecil Bazar, Ball turret gunner: George Osborne, Waist gunner: Cleman Smith, Waist gunner: Bill Lafferty (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Bob Hilton (Killed in Action); flak hit & exploded, crashed Stene, two miles S of Ostende, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 15557.

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...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Cecil Bazar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • Peter Brasic

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3. Moved to work camps ending at 49-11 near Munich. POW

  • Robert Hilton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Plane crashed at Stene, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Lafferty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • Clifford McCoy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A at Moosburg. Moved to work camps ending at 48-11 near Munich. POW

  • Charles Nickels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A at Moosburg. Moved to work camps ending at 48-11 near Munich. Note: NARA lists middle initial as 'A' POW

  • Carlisle Nottingham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3. Moved to work camps ending at 49-11. POW

  • George Osborne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A at Moosburg. Moved to work camps ending at 48-11 near Munich. POW

  • Jerry Scollard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A at Moosburg. Moved to work camps ending at 48-11 near Munich. POW

  • Cleman Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 May 1943 in B-17 #4229862. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 7A at Moosburg. Moved to work camps ending at 48-11 near Munich. POW

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) Belgium 14 May 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15557 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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