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42-30355

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 4/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW- ] Snetterton 4/7/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 28/7/43 with Bill Nance, Co-pilot: Norville Gorse, Navigator: Joe Hudson, Bombardier: R.H. McGuiness, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Basil Maxwell,Tail gunner: Ed Youngers (6POW-picked up by German seaplane); Radio Operator: Luther Paysinger, Ball turret gunner: Bob Bennett, Waist gunner: Ernie Kralik, Waist gunner: Edwin Wolfekuhle (4 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed North Sea, NW of Frisian Is; Missing Air Crew Report 141. DALLAS REBEL.

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Norville Gorse

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched into North Sea 13 May 1943. Gorse and pilot Rogers made a valiant effort to control the plane. Returned to base. ...

  • R Guiness

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Hudson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. May also have a mention in Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 161 by Bishop & Hey for 24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on...

  • Ernest Kralik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Basil Maxwell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4229752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

  • William Nance

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Luther Paysinger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #4230355 'Dallas Rebel. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edwin Wulfekuhle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Edward Youngers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29752 ditched in Channel 13 May 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 28 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30355 'Dallas Rebel'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW) imprisoned at Stalag 17B. POW

Missions

  • 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...

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 28 July 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 00:53:12 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing Company. 1996. pages 39, 293, 299

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 03:22:03 jgorse Changes to nicknames
Sources

John G Gorse, Lt Col, Nephew
C-130 Command Pilot

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 141 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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