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42-30272

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-U] Horham 15/6/43; Missing in Action (21m) Munster 10/10/43 with Eldon Broman, Co-pilot: John Chaffin, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Paul Guiteras, Radio Operator: Warren Thomas, Ball turret gunner: Richmond Dillon, Waist gunner: Frank Dean, Waist gunner: Jake Black, Tail gunner: Tom Kelly, obs-Capt Chas Forney (10 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Rightmire (KIA-anoxia); crashed Haakbergen, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 1118. FRITZ BLITZ.

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. ...

  • 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

People

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jake Black

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eldon Broman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Chaffin

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Dean

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richmond Dillon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Forney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Observer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Fowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Guiteras

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230272 'Fritz Blitz. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Trammell Hollis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • 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 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 94 OPERATION STARKEY

    9 September 1943
    This mission has been named OPERATION STARKEY. It is planned as a coordinated attack of multiple bomber elements upon multiple targets and incorporates fighter escort as a rehearsal of what may be required to support an invasion of the Continent. It is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 7 May 1943
Assigned Horham Airfield, UK 15 June 1943

95BG
335BS

First Combat Mission La Pallice (La Rochelle), France 4 July 1943
Crashed Haaksbergen, Netherlands 10 October 1943 – 10 October 1943

Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43. crashed Haakbergen, Holland; 10 x POW, 1 x KIA, Anoxia]Missing Air Crew Report MACR1118.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 23:05:59 466thHistorian Changes to events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/88

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 18:28:25 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 09:50:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1118 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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