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42-30173

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 12/5/43; Lincoln 21/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 28/5/43 GORGEOUS HUSSY; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Framlingham 6/6/43 CIRCE; 335BS [OE-O/L] Horham 12/6/43; 20m, Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Jim Pearson, Co-pilot: Ralph Roe, Navigator: Fred Spingler, Bombardier: Arnold Malkin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Orlich, Ball turret gunner: Albt Durham, Waist gunner: Jim Henry (7 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Ralph Coyle, Waist gunner: Mike Croker, Tail gunner: Jackson Hardeman (3 Killed in Action); caught fire in action over Lingen and crashed Schaferhof, near Leeseringen rail station, four miles S of Nienburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2544. ALL AMERICAN.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 410th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Coyle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Croker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany, on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Albert Durham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jackson Hardeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe'. Killed (FOD).

  • James Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arnold Malkin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sam Orlich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Pearson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Read

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Roe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed in Steimbke, 10km East of Nienburg, North of Hannover, Germany on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Places

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Schäferhof, 37194 Wahlsburg, Germany 10 February 1944 – 10 February 1944

Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44. Caught fire in action and dropped out of formation over Lingen and crashed Schaferhof, near Leeseringen rail station, four miles S of Nienburg, Germany. (7 x POW, 3 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR2544.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 01:27:32 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:20:25 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2015 20:49:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2544 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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