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42-30389

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/5/43; Gore 27/5/43; Cheyenne 2/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z] Rougham 7/7/43; Missing in Action Regensburg 17/8/43 with Bernard W. Nayovitz, Co-pilot: James F. Smith, Jr., Navigator: Murlyn F. Burnett, Bombardier: Robert P. Allison, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albert V. Beyke, Ball turret gunner: Jack H. Loveless (6 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Arthur P. McDonnell, Tail gunner: James W. Tolbert (2 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Jake Dalinsky, Waist gunner: Beverley G. Geyer (2 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Lummen, six miles E of Deist, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 323. DEAR MOM.

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...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Robert Allison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Killed in Action (KIA) near Lummen, Belgium.

  • Albert Beyke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Killed in Action (KIA) near Lummen, Belgium.

  • Murlyn Burnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal w 2/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jacob Dalinsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Evaded.

  • Beverly Geyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Evaded.

  • Jack Loveless

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur McDonnell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Bernard Nayovitz

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Killed in Action (KIA). Near Lummen, Belgium.

  • James Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Killed in Action (KIA) near Lummen, Belgium.

  • James Tolbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30389 'Dear Mom'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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 ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2020 21:24:23 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 18:08:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 13-Oct-43/Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 323.

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 17:38:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to description
Sources

Lee Cunningham, 13-Oct-43, crew name corrections -Missing AIr Crew Report (MACR) 323

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 17:30:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Oct-2014/Rudy Kennis DEAR MOM Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/420571391394184/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 323 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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