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42-30617

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gore 30/6/43; Gr Isle 16/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-N ] Alconbury 21/8/43; Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43 with Winston Tucker, Co-pilot: Carl Carlson, Navigator: Joe Liebman, Bombardier: Tom Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Bragdon, Radio Operator: Dave Stewart, Ball turret gunner: Theo Thurston, Waist gunner: Lewis Kuhnz, Waist gunner: Cloe Crutchfield, Tail gunner: Bob Gailey (10 Returned to Duty); flak damage forced to ditch in The Channel, off Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue launch. No MACR.

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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bragdon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carl Carlson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cloe Crutchfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Shot down on 6-Sep-43 in B-17 42-30000. Evaded (EVD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Gailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: SS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lewis Kuhnz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Liebman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David Stewart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Theodore Thurston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF. WY 29 June 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 29-Jun-43.

Assigned Alconbury UK 21 August 1943

Assigned 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK 27 August 1943

Missing in Action Watten 27-Aug-43; Damaged by flak and ditched off the Isle of Sheppey. The crew were all rescued and the aircraft was dragged up onto Sheerness beach to be broken up. 10 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2020 05:49:56 RandyJustice1 Changes to markings
Sources

AAM, family pictures

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 07:13:49 RandyJustice1 Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

Family Pictures

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2019 19:28:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-30617/

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2018 05:51:09 RandyJustice1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Have picture of downed aircraft

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

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

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