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42-29939

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-X] Snetterton 15/5/43 THE DUCHESS; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Pilot:2Lt Bill Young, Co-pilot: 2 Lt Tom Hilton, Navigator:2Lt John Ashmead, Bombardier: 2Lt Orville Hayes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:Sgt Ernie Weekes, Radio Operator:SSgt Albertus Onsgard, Ball turret gunner:Sgt Owen Cantrell, Waist gunner:SSgt Ray Ritz,Tail gunner:Sgt Burdette Borradaile, photographer:SSgt Eugene Ryan (10 Killed in Action); Waist gunner:Sgt Wilfred Dennis (POW-picked up by small German boat); enemy aircraft, crashed near Bornholm Island in Baltic Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 3810.

Service

Units

People

  • John Ashmead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-29939 'Duchess'. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Burdette Borradaile

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA). His name is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.

  • Owen Cantrell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wilfred Dennis

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orville Hayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Hilton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albertus Onsgard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Ritz

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Ryan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Earnest Weekes

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 42-29939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2019 20:57:23 drjones46 Changes to description
Sources

source MACR 3810 while researching for http://hotvetsmem.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3810 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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