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42-30030

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; transferred 2 SAD Lt Staughton 31/7/43 then 560BS/388BG.

Missing in Action La Rochelle 16/9/43 with Henry Nagorka, Co-pilot: Gil Parker, Navigator: John Leverone, Bombardier: Mike Mahoney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Kiesler, Radio Operator: Francis Antalek, Ball turret gunner: Bob Blankenburg,Tail gunner: Jack Harrislost leg in ditching (8 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Ed Christensen, Waist gunner: Claude Whitehead (2 Killed in Action); no gas, ditched near Farne Islands, Northumberland. Survivors reached St Cuthbert’s Island in their dinghy.
Missing Air Crew Report 16289.
OLD IRONSIDES.

Service

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 560th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Antalek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Blankenburg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator Gunner, Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Bliss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Albert Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Vernon Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Jack Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-30030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. According to records lost his leg in the Ditching. It ditched south of the Farne Isles off the Northumberland coast. It sank in about 4 minutes...

  • Edward Keisler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Herman Mays

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) ...

  • Henry Nagorka

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gilbert Parker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #4230030 'Old Ironsides. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #4230214 'Iza Angel II. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). DFC/ AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

Places

  • 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...

  • Goswick Bay

    Crash site

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 16:28:40 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated people from :
MACR 16289 - http://www.fold3.com/image/30088068/ ;
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-L031&dat...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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