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42-29981

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/3/43; Gore 31/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Dow Fd 11/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 27/4/43 HELL-LENA; Andrews Fd 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 326BS/92BG Alconbury 23/7/43; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43 with Bob Campbell (Killed in Action), Paul Casey (POW); John Morgan, Keith Koskel, Asa Irwin, Tyre Weaver, John McClure, Jim Ford, John Foley, Reece Walton, Gene Ponte (8 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft, ditched Nth Sea.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 338th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Campbell

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) He was hit in the back of the head and killed The co-pilot had to hold him off the controls before someone from the crew could get to the front to check on them. They were under heavy attack. A shell had entered from the right...

  • Paul Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4229981. Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. . Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #425801. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Asa Irwin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229945. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Ponte

    Military | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Reece Walton

    Military | Private | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Damaged by flak and crashed near Ruurlo, Holland after the crew baled out on a mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-40052. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Tyre Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    On 26 July 43 Sergeant Weaver's plane, B-17 42-29802, was hit by German Fighters, there was a loud explosion on top of the plane and Weaver dropped near the navigator Keith Koske, with his arm blown off at the shoulder. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

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...

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E. Warren AFB, WY, USA 20 March 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 20-Mar-43.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering NN14 3AA, UK 27 April 1943

Assigned 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Alconbury, Huntingdon PE28, UK 23 July 1943

Transferred 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed North Sea 26 July 1943

Missing in Action Hanover 26-Jul-43 enemy aircraft, ditched Nth Sea. 1 x KIA, 1 x POW, 8 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 September 2018 13:10:33 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-29981-hell-lena/
Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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