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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Gore 16/7/43; Gr Isle 24/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 11/8/43; Presque 16/8/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 20/8/43; transferred 339BS/96BG [QJ-P] Snetterton 21/8/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Coles Goodner, Co-pilot: Arthur Leu, Navigator: Jim Lapp, Bombardier: Howard Day, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester Kraft, Radio Operator: Bernie Harman, Ball turret gunner: John Chaney, Waist gunner: Melvin Jackson, Waist gunner: Roy McGinnis,Tail gunner: Dick Cuirszak (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Ingwiller, 22 miles NW of Strasbourg, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 836.



  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...


  • John Chaney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 14 October 1943 near Maintz in B-17 #42-30709, Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Richard Cuirczak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Howard Dey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

  • Coles Goodner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Bernard Harman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 14 October 1943 near Maintz in B-17 #42-30709. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Lester Kraft

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • James Lapp

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Leu

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Roy McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Schweinfurt, Germany, on 14 October 1943 on 4th mission in B-17 #42-30709. Prisoner of War (POW). AM/ POW

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  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 836 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database