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42-30609

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gr Isle 15/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Rome 7/8/43; Presque Is 16/8/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-N] Horham 20/8/43; with L.G. Reno force landed RAF Hardwick, TG-Wilson wia 10/10/43. Flew 28 missions. Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Pilot Sidney Balman; Co-pilot: Walter R. Tucker; Navigator: Robert E. Paine; Bombardier: John K. Smith; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy B. Bass; Radio Operator: Donald W. Goucher; Ball turret gunner: Joseph L. Doherty; Right Waist gunner: James R. Chambers; Left Waist gunner: John A. Kurek (9 Prisoners of War); Ball turret gunner: John Sliwka (Killed in Action). Attacked by fighters, lost #3 & #4 engines and caught fire. The ship broke up and went down wings end over end. Crashed near Wietmarschen, seven miles NE of Nordhorn, district Bad Bentheim, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2542.

Service

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 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
  • 401st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Sidney Balman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Roy Bass

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Top Turret Gunner Roy Bass was an original member of the Robert E. Fischer crew. As he had not filled his quota of 25 missions like the others, he stayed behind and flew with Pilot Sidney Balman on 42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama' for his 24th mission,...

  • James Chambers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cecil Comer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #423060 'Hell's Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Doherty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Dyer

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #423060 'Hell's Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Sidney Edelstein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3060 'Hell's Belle', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Fallek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-3060 'Hell's Belle', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Goucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Hornbeck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #423060 'Hell's Belle. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Places

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Wietmarschen, Germany 10 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2015 15:58:31 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2542

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1319 / MACR 2542 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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