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42-30499

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/6/43; Rapid City 18/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Gr Isle 30/6/43; Tinker 16/7/43; Gr Isle 23/7/43; Kearney 8/8/43; Topeka 14/8/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-Q] Polebrook 27/9/43; 43m returned from Berlin with damage 21/6/44 with Howard Hibbard, Co-pilot: Bob Bukow, Navigator: Carlton Mendell (3 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Doug Raymond, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Harris, Radio Operator: Doug Miles (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: David Harman (Wounded in Action), Waist gunner: Levi Pratt, Waist gunner: Hopper Biddle, Tail gunner: Verlyn Kveen (Wounded in Action) (7 POW- bailed out over Germany); rest of crew brought ship home to land at RAF Beccles, Suffolk, UK; Salvaged 1/8/44. MY PRINCESS.

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. ...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bukow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • David Harman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). A/C #42-30499 damaged on mission to Berlin, Ger. on June 21, 1944. Crew bailed out over Germany and were taken POW (7 POW). The pilot, co-pilot and navigator flew back to the UK and landed the badly damaged plane (3 RTD).

  • James Harris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Jun. 21, 1944

  • Howard Hibbard

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    KIS. Crashed near Barmouth on flight to USA killing 10 crew and 10 passengers, including Howard Hibbard who was piloting the plane.

  • George Klaar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    George Klaar was born in Vermilion, Ohio in 1921. After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School in 1939 and attending Case School of Applied Science, George asserted his love of country and passion for aviation by enlisting in the US Army Air...

  • Verlyn Kveen

    Military | Sergeant | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). A/C #42-30499 damaged on mission to Berlin, Ger. on June 21, 1944. Crew bailed out over Germany and were taken POW (7 POW). The pilot, co-pilot and navigator flew back and landed at RAF Beccles, Suffolk, UK (3 RTD).

  • Carlton Mendell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 44-8222 on 7 October 1944. Prisoner of War.

  • Einer Petersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Einer Petersen served as pilot and co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS out of Polebrook, England. 25 missions. His original crew finished their tours before Petersen. At the day of his death October 7th 1944 he was assigned as pilot to aircraft B...

  • Levi Pratt

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). A/C #42-30499 damaged on mission to Berlin, Ger. on June 21, 1944. Crew bailed out over Germany and were taken POW (7 POW). The pilot, co-pilot and navigator flew back to the UK and landed the badly damaged plane (3 RTD).

  • Douglas Raymond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). A/C #42-30499 damaged on mission to Berlin, Ger. on June 21, 1944. Crew bailed out over Germany and were taken POW (7 POW). The pilot, co-pilot and navigator flew back to the UK and landed the badly damaged plane (3 RTD).

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) England 21 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 21:28:04 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added connections to the 8th AF and 509th Bomb Squadron mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 21:24:53 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Corrected the spelling of the last name of the tail gunner from "Kvenn" to "Kveen".

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 19:57:25 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added several spaces in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2020 19:54:34 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6537 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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