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42-3079

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/2/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 15/4/43, later 412BS; slight damage in taxi accident at Alconbury with Rich Robinson 27/4/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-X] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43 with Elden Smith, Co-pilot: Jim Cramer, Navigator: Melbourne Banowetz, Bombardier: Lloyd Hansen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Lyberger, Radio Operator: George Schmitt, Ball turret gunner: Felix Antonacchio, Waist gunner: LeRoy Young, Tail gunner: Joe Mazzola (9 Prisoner of War), Waist gunner: Tom Bone (KIA-drowned); flak, crashed St Nazaire area, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 550.

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Felix Antonnacchio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-3213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-3079. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 550 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melbourne Banowetz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-3213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-3079. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 550 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Bone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure in B-17 42-3213 16-Aug-43. Returned to base. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3079. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 550 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • James Cramer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure in B-17 42-3213 16-Aug-43. Returned to base. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3079. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 550 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lloyd Hansen

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Lyberger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Harold Lyberger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 16 AUG 1943 had explosion aboard B17 42-3213 'All American' and orignally reported as Missing in Action (MIA) POW

  • Joseph Mazzola

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Robinson

    Military | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • George Schmitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

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...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 27 April 1943

Slight damage in taxiing accident at Alconbury. Pilot Lt Rich Robinson. 27-4-43.

Crashed Saint-Nazaire, France 16 September 1943 – 16 September 1943

Missing in Action Nantes 16/9/43. Cause - flak, crashed St Nazaire area, France. (9 x POW, 1 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 550.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 21:01:29 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:32:05 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 10:38:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-3079&Submit4=Go

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 550 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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