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42-29943

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Alconbury 16/6/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 335BS [OE-K] Horham 15/6/43; 12/9/43 with A.R. Witt f/d RAF Morton Calence (?); 20/12/43 with A.R. Witt force landed Bungay afd; 31/12/43 with F.G. Vansant force landed RAF Eastchurch; 44m, Missing in Action Oldenburg 6/3/44 with Albert Mailman, Co-pilot: John Cassidy, Navigator: Dave Hazlett, Bombardier: Marion Beal, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Frantz (5 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Ray McDowell, Ball turret gunner: Jim Wint, Waist gunner: Wilbur Cooper, Waist gunner: Henry Baswell,Tail gunner: Bill Henderson (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft attack near Haseluenne, ship exploded, crashed Ellinghausen, near Barnsdorf, 15 miles NE of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2890. SITUATION NORMAL.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Baswell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marion Beal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Bogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On 18 June 1942, Joseph Bogan was one of the Enlisted Men assigned to the 1141st Quartermaster Company at Mac Dill Field, Tampa, Florida from the 171st Quartermaster Platoon Service Center (Aviation), the 784th Quartermaster Company (Truck) and the...

  • John Cassidy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wilbur Cooper

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Frantz

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David Hazlett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Mailman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond McDowell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed NE of Diepholz, GR on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-29943 'Situation Normal'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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
Combat damaged 15 June 1943

Starboard horizontal stabiliser and elevator damaged by gunfire, 20mm cannon shell damaged #1 engine prop blade.

Crashed Moreton Valence rhyne, Gloucestershire, UK 12 September 1943

F/d RAF Morton Valence. Pilot Lt Alden R Witt. 12/9/43.

Crashed Bungay, Suffolk, UK 20 December 1943

Force landed Bungay afd. Pilot Lt Alden R Witt. 20/12/43.

Crashed Eastchurch, Kent, UK 31 December 1943

Force landed RAF Eastchurch. Pilot Lt Franklin G Vansant. 31/12/43.

Crashed Bärnsdorf, Germany 6 March 1944 – 6 March 1944

Missing in Action Oldenburg 6/3/44. Cause - enemy aircraft attack near Haseluenne, ship exploded, crashed Ellinghausen, near Barnsdorf, 15 miles NE of Diepholz, Germany. (5 x POW, 5 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 2890.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:15:59 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 23:56:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
The Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond: The 95th Bomb Group in War and Peace31 Aug 2011 by Rob Morris and Ian Hawkins

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 20:59:30 simaguire Changes to nicknames
Sources

A Fort Called Situation Normal - The Final Chapter
William D. Henderson

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2980 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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