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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Walla Walla 5/7/43; Tinker 28/5/43; Smoky Hill 1/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E], then 412BS [QW-E] Horham 15/6/43; (25m), Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Jack Moore, Co-pilot: Malcolm Healey, Navigator: Ed Stanbery, Bombardier: Leon Eaton, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Sparks, Radio Operator: Frank Abbadessa, Ball turret gunner: Don Rybolt, Waist gunner: Paul Claybaugh, Waist gunner: Bob Byard,Tail gunner: Marvin Ritter (10 Killed in Action); ditched off Langeoog Is, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 1562. BLONDIE II.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Abbadessa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Bogan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    On 18 June 1942, Joseph Bogan was one of the Enlisted Men assigned to the 1141st Quartermaster Company at Mac Dill Field, Tampa, Florida from the 171st Quartermaster Platoon Service Center (Aviation), the 784th Quartermaster Company (Truck) and the...

  • Robert Byard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Claybaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Leonard Eaton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Malcolm Healey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jack Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Marvin Ritter

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Rybolt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Sparks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-17 #4230182 'Blondie II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Langeoog, Germany 11 December 1943 – 11 December 1943

Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43. Ditched off Langeoog Island, Germany; (10 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 1562.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2015 22:44:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1562 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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