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42-30824

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 4/8/43; Gore Fd 5/8/43; Dallas 8/8/43; Dalhart 17/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-R] Podington 26/9/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Frank Talbot, Co-pilot: Elvin Erickson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Evans, Radio Operator: Gerald Young, Tail gunner: Nelson Smith (5 Killed in Action), Navigator: Jim Houser, Bombardier: Ed Walter, Ball turret gunner: Donovan Jones, Waist gunner: Arlen Harmon, Waist gunner: Bill Tench (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Sickershausen, SE of Kitzingen, 12 miles SE of Wurzburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 847. BOBBY JOE.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Bate

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bovenzi

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Francis Boyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elvin Erickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30824, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30824, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arlen Harmon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30824, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Higginbotham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 568BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions ( 16 x aboard #42-30411 "Rose Marie" aka "Hot Rocks II"). (wounded on 24-Aug-43, aboard #42-30824). MACR 393. ...

  • James Houser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30824, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donoran Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30824, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Nelson Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30824, Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 14:48:14 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2019 02:54:06 phil marchese Changes to nicknames
Sources

AAM

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 847 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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