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42-30780

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/7/43; Geiger 9/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-H/T] Polebrook 21/9/43; Missing in Action 10m Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Bill Myers, Co-pilot: John Hart, Bombardier: Art Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Caudle, Radio Operator: Lavern Sherman, Ball turret gunner: John Ricci,Tail gunner: Jim Mansfield (7 Killed in Action), Navigator: Bill Carmichael, Waist gunner: Bill Bloshko, Waist gunner: Herb Bivensspinal injury in hospital 6 mths (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Holzerode, six miles NE of Gottingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1938. EAGER EAGLE II.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Archer Baird

    Military | Colonel | 351st Bomb Group

  • Herbert Bivens

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Bloshko

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Carmichael

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clyde Caudle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Hammack

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Ball turret gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prior to 1941, Charles E. Hammack (1923 - 2005) enlisted in the RCAF in Canada, lying about his age. He is said to have been an aeroplane mechanic during the Battle of Britain. Once the U.S. entered the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he...

  • John Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Mansfield

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Myers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Oscherslaben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-30780 'Eager Eagle II. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2017 15:31:01 Cassowary Colorizations Changes to person associations
Sources

A relative and photographic files.

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2017 13:15:30 Cassowary Colorizations Changes to nicknames
Sources

Original photograph

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:33 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1938 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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