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42-30855

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio Operator: Marshall Abraham, Ball turret gunner: Leon Davis, Waist gunner: Tom Cole (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Cyrus Bennett, Waist gunner: Ed Rice,Tail gunner: Anthony Rose (3 Prisoner of War); flak caused severe damage, crashed Balkum, near Hesepe, 15 miles NW of Osnabruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4586. OL' MASSA.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Marshall Abraham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4230855 'Ol' Massa'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Barker

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Barker, a native of Yorktown, Ind., was a burly 6-foot-2 inch forward on the 1948 Kentucky team that finished the season with a 36-3 record, the national title and the nickname of the Fabulous Five. The other starters were Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones at...

  • Lee Belknap

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cyrus Bennett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4230855 'Ol' Massa' Evaded.

  • James Boggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Boller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Cole

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4230855 'Ol' Massa'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • John Connolly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. ETD (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harold Cyr

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down during bombing mission over Brunswick, Germany 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37856 'Fancy Nancy III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonardo Davies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4230855 'Ol' Massa'. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2018 13:24:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and unit associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2016 11:01:51 Lucy May Changes to events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Removed connections and events relating to B-17 42-39855 (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7237)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1068 / MACR 4586 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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