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42-30088

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 12/5/43; Wendover 18/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Field 27/5/43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-E] Thorpe Abbotts 9 June 1943. Severe battle damage over Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with Sumner Reeder, Navigator: Russell Engel - Wounded in Action, Bombardier: Peter F. Delao Jr], rest unknown; Co-pilot: Harry E. Edeburn (Killed in Action); but limped back to base Missing Air Crew Report 99906. Again suffered heavy damage 5 November 1943 on the Gelsenkirchen mission with William R. Flesh & Co-Pilot John G. Gossage (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Omar Gonzales, Bombardier: James J. Lux, Assistant Radio Operator/gunner: Francis G. Dolsen, Tail gunner: James Marasco (4 Prisoners of War); Radio Operator: Conner D. Brewster (KIA-chute failed); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harold L. Pope, Waist Gunner George P. Gineikis, Waist Gunner Leon E. McDonald (3 evaded capture with the help of the Belgian Comète evasion network). Lt Flesh and his Co-Pilot Gossage managed to fly the plane back to England and landed at the RAF Tangmere airfield, Sussex [ Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15553. ] Returned to the USA 17 May 1944; Hendricks 8 June 1944; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 13 December 1945. First aircraft in 100th Bomb Group to fly 50 missions. SQUAWKIN' HAWK II.

Service

People

  • Conner Brewster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Radio Operator Conner Brewster was killed by Flak inside B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II' on the Gelsenkirchen mission, November 5, 1943. Pilot William Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. Brewster's parachute failed to...

  • Peter Delao

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    SWA in B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk' over Stuttgart, Sept. 6, 1943. Pilot was Capt. Sumner Reeder. ...

  • Francis Dolsen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator; Ball Turret Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Francis Dolsen was Assistant Radio Operator on his 14th mission. On that mission, November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped,...

  • Harry Edeburn

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 349BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Mortally wounded by 20mm cannon shell, despite wound, attempted on several occasions to assist pilot Lt Sumner Reeder with control of B-17 42-5957 6-Sep-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Russell Engel

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    WIA in B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk' 6 Sept 1943. Pilot was Sumner Reeder.

  • William Flesh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • Orrin Furlong

    Military | Master Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    6 SEP 43 STUTTGART (LANDED RAF BASE WITH REEDER CREW). REC

  • George Gineikis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage were able to regain...

  • Omar Gonzales

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B-17 42-30088 'Squawkin' Hawk II', pilot William R. Flesh ordered a bail out after plane suffered severe bomb damage. 8 men jumped, but pilot Flesh and Co-Pilot John G. Gossage...

  • John Gossage

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 24 September 1943 on a practice flight in B-17 #42-30259 'Damifino II'. Plane ditched in the North Sea. 5 Killed In Action; 5 rescued, Gossage among them - Missing Air Crew Report MACR 778. On a mission November 5, 1943 to Gelsenkirchen on B...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

Places

  • Tangmere

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1917-18 as an RAF Training Depot Station (TDS), Tangmere was handed over to the US Army Air Service (USAAS) as a TDS for large Handley Page (HP) 0/400 bombers. ...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2019 14:08:47 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and description
Sources

MACR 15553
Corrected typos in some names

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2018 12:02:49 apollo11 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Information gathered after visiting the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum.

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 10:00:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated people from MACR 15553

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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