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42-30731

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Gore 21/7/43; Gr Isle 14/8/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/9/43; transferred with HSC radar scanner installed 813BS/482BG [PC-U] Alconbury 5/9/43, then 751BS/457BG Glatton; Missing in Action Liepzig 7/7/44 with Jack Owens, Co-pilot: Hays Bricka, Navigator: Armen Topakian, Waist gunner: John Ward,Tail gunner: R.C. Zeagler (5 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: Francis Minturn, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Phil Murillo, Radio Operator: Theo Roland, Ball turret gunner: Earl Markwalder (4KIA-went down in aircraft before Air Sea Rescue arrived); three engines KO’d no gas and ditched in The Wash, Nfk. UK; Missing Air Crew Report 8195.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 751st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Hays Bricka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    RTD MACR 8195. Ran out of fuel on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4230731 and ditched in channel

  • Earl Markwalder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 7 July 1944 in B-17 #4230731 AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Francis Minturn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 7 July 1944 in B-17 #4230731 Ran out of fuel and ditched in channel AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Philip Murillo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 7 July 1944 in B-17 42-30731 Ran out of fuel and ditched in channel.

  • Jack Ownes

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    RTD. MACR 8195. Ran out of fuel on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4230731 and ditched in channel

  • Theodore Roland

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 7 July 1944 in AC #4230731. AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Armen Topakian

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    RTD Ran out of fuel and ditched in channel on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4230731

  • John Ward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    RTD Ran out of fuel and ditched in channel on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4230731

  • R Zeagler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Ran out of fuel and ditched in channel on 7/7/44 in B-17 #4230731 RTD Purple Heart, Air Medal

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...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 7 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8195 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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