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42-30872

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/43; Gr Isle 31/8/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-R] Snetterton 9/9/43; Missing in Action Bremen 16/12/43 with Lew Kerrick, Co-pilot: George Bleyle, Navigator: Lloyd Thompson, Bombardier: Floyd Eakman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alton Walker, Radio Operator: Ray Wright, Ball turret gunner: Don Denmead, Waist gunner: Chas Wilder, Waist gunner: Stan Maruso,Tail gunner: Ben Haynes (10 Killed in Action); hit by engine shot off from above then mid air coll with 42-31113 (96BG); crashed North Sea; Missing Air Crew Report 1565. BLOND BOMBER (OLE PUSS).

Service

Units

People

  • George Bleyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Denmead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). H PH/Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster/DFC

  • Floyd Eakman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

  • Benjamin Haynes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). His name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery.

  • Lewis Kerrick

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stanley Maruso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lloyd Thompson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alton Walker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Wilder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Raymond Wright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    B-17 #4230872 'Ole Puss' collided with another aircraft on 16 December 1943. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Snetterton Falcons says he was on 'Blonde Bomber when it collided with another plane, A/C 133 on 16 Dec 1943.

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 16 December 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1565 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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