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42-30166

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Memphis 30/4/43; Presque Is 8/5/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-L] Earls Colne 15/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43 You Cant miss it; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 5/11/43 with Jim Killian body washed ashore 9/12/43, Co-pilot: Joe Kulik, Navigator: Capt Bob Schaeferbody washed up 1/1/44, Bombardier: Neil Damato, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Ferrin, Radio Operator: Harlen Yost, Waist gunner: Don May,Tail gunner: Jim Pauley (8 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Lee Deese, Waist gunner: Joe Langford (2 Prisoner of War); flak hit caused explosion, ditched North Sea 300 yds W of Haamstede on Schouwen Is, Holl Missing Air Crew Report 1043. YOU CAWN'T MISS IT.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Neil Damato

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #42-30166 'You Cawn't Miss It', Killed in Action (KIA). Registered at The American Cemetery, Margraten, The Netherlands, Wall of the Missing.

  • Lee Deese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230166 'You Cawn't Miss It. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orville Draeger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    07/17/43 Assigned to the 331st Bomb Squadron. 10/15/43 Transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group. (w/ Quincy V. Miller Jr. Crew)

  • Charles Ferrin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • James Killian

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230166 'You Cawn't Miss It. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Kulik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230166 'You Cawn't Miss It. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joe Langford

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • Donald May

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230166 'You Cawn't Miss It. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Pauley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230166 'You Cawn't Miss It. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Schaefer

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 November 1943 in B-17 #4230166 'You Cawn't Miss It. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • 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

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 5 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 June 2019 13:59:57 Odin Downey Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Casualty report U.S air forces

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1043 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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