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42-29965

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18 March 43; Gore 28 March 1943; Presque Isle 5 May 1943; Assigned 333BS/94BG Earls Colne 12 May 1943; Rougham 13 June 1943; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-L] Alconbury 26 July 1943; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with, Pilot Frederick T. Prasse; Co-pilot: Joseph F. Thornton; Navigator: David C. Besbris; Bombardier: Fred Champion; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Geegee; Radio Operator: Laurence E. Dennis; Ball turret gunner: John W. Disher; Left Waist gunner: Charles H. Hartnett; Right Waist gunner: Otto F. Trammer; Tail gunner: Rolland A. Galloway (10 Returned to Duty). Flak, low on fuel on return, ditched Channel, all rescued by French boat. No MACR (Missing Air Crew Report).

Service

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...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron
  • 407th Bomb Squadron

People

  • David Besbris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    David Bresbis was a Navigator in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron. He was serving in that function on B-17 #42-29965 when it ditched for lack of fuel in the English Channel on return from the 6 September 1943 to Stuttgart, Germany. All ten men...

  • Fred Champion

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Fred Champion was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was serving as Waist Gunner on board B-17 #42-29996 on the 17 July 1943 mission to Stuttgart, with Pilot Captain Donald G. Parker. Badly damaged by enemy fighters, the...

  • Laurence Dennis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Laurence Dennis graduated from Farmington Community High School in the class of 1938. After his enlistment in the Air Corps in September 1941, he trained as a Radio Operator at Scott Field. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th...

  • John Disher

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Controller | 100th Bomb Group
    Served as Ball Turret Gunner when shot down on 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Slighly injured in the ditching, returned to base like the other nine men on board who were rescued by a French boat. Flew a total of 25...

  • Rolland Galloway

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After his enlistment in August 1942, Rolland Galloway followed gunnery training. Promoted to Staff Sergent, he was sent overseas and assigned as a Tail Gunner in the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-29965...

  • John Geegee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    John Geegee enlisted in the Air Corps in July 1942 and trained first at Miami Beach, and Fort Myers, Florida. He followed gunnery courses in Goldsboro and Johnson Field, South Carolina, receiving his gunner's wings at Fort Myers, Florida. He was then...

  • Charles Hartnett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    After 4 years of High School, Charles Hartnett started working as a mail clerk in 1940. He enlisted in July 1942 and trained as an aerial gunner. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on board B-17...

  • 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...

  • Joseph Thornton

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down on 6 September 1943 as Co=Pilot in B-17 #42-29965. Plane ditched in Channel. Returned to base. Shot down 16 November 1943 as Pilot of B-17 #42-29996 'Flagship'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Otto Trammer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Otto Trammer enlisted in September 1942 and trained as an aerial gunner. Sent overseas, he was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group/407th Bomb Squadron in England. He was Right Waist Gunner on board of B-17 #42-29965, which went down in the Channel for lack...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 05:10:26 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Typo

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 05:06:48 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

Associated with crew 965.

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 04:56:53 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Marchese; Flying Fortress 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2016 12:36:07 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Completed/corrected names of crew on the 6 September 1943 mission

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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