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42-29874

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/43; Pueblo 14/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-J] Polebrook 16/4/43; battle damaged Bochum 8m 12/8/43 with Jose Garcia, Co-pilot: Groth, Navigator: B. Scholan, Bombardier: Sheets; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Zibas, Radio Operator: Ralph Crane, Ball turret gunner: Tomas Romero, Waist gunner: Zeitler, Waist gunner: Bent (9RTD – 3wia);Tail gunner: Ed Henninger (Killed in Action); ?; crash landed Leiston a/fd, Sfk, UK; Salvaged 16/8/43. EL CONQUISTADOR.

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People

  • Jose Garcia

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behind and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, 1 crew member killed and 3 injured, plane landed wheels up at...

  • Edward Henninger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. On mission to oil refinery in Germany, hit by flak after bombs away. B17 42-29874 'El Conquistador' fell behind and was attacked by fighters. With engines 3 & 4 knocked out, Henninger was killed and 3 injured, plane...

  • Tomas Romero

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ball turret gunner

Places

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 05:26:18 LastPost Changes to media associations
Sources

U.S. Air Force photo.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 05:23:05 LastPost Changes to nicknames
Sources

U.S. Air Force photo.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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