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42-30665

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Boeing 7/7/43; Gore 17/7/43; Dallas 8/8/43; Palm Springs 9/8/43; Geiger 10/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-E] Snetterton 1/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Capt Donald Charles Cole (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Thomas Henry Scott, Navigator: Harold Vincent Wiggins, Bombardier: James Merritt Bradley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harland James Hendrix, Radio Operator: Joseph Gross, Ball turret gunner: Harold Thorne, Waist gunner: Ricard Joseph Gatesman, Waist gunner: Clarence Cecil Norton (4 Prisoner of War, 4 evaded capture and worked with Free French until after D-Day),Tail gunner: Robert Finney (evaded capture); flak & enemy aircraft KO’d three engines, horizontal stabilizer & tail shot off; crashed Rochevent, five miles East of Corme-Royal, four miles West of Saintes, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2014. HUNYAK.

Service

Units

People

  • James Bradley

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Joined 13 June 1942. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882. Released from active duty 23 December 1945. ...

  • Donald Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Captain Cole was credited with saving the town by flying the plane into an open field. The site is still a memorial to his bravery.

  • Robert Finney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Finney was a spare gunner on the Donald Cole crew when B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak' was shot down 5 January 1944 over Saintes, France. Evaded. Was back in England on 11 May 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 628.

  • Richard Gatesman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2014. Discharged 22 October 1945.

  • Joseph Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Downed by flak and fighters. Crashed near Royan, France. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 919.

  • Harland Hendrix

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Norton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882-883 (linked to E&E 882 for Bombardier Lt James M. Bradley.)

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 918.

  • Harold Thorne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Discharged 26 October 1945.

  • Harold Wiggins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 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) France 5 January 1944

Hit by Flak and enemy fighters, crashed near Rochevent, East of Corme-Royal, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 09:52:17 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2014

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2018 22:53:07 Brian E Gross Changes to description
Sources

I am the middle child of the late Joseph Gross, radio operator on this crew. My father passed away on May 31, 1994 in Voorhees NJ.
I've corrected the spelling of his name and the post-flight status of the crew members.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2017 16:32:45 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Corrected ball turret gunner's name from 'Harry Thome' to 'Harry Thorne'. See: MACR 2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2014 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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