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42-31054

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Horham 7/10/43; 19m Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Clark Huddleston, Co-pilot: Jim Gholson, Navigator: Henry Levine, Bombardier: Earl McKenna, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Wilsey, Radio Operator: Wilbur Bronson, Ball turret gunner: Brandon Weaver, Waist gunner: Jackson Bryant,Tail gunner: Silas Richardson (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Murray Podolsky (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Wohlstreck, NE of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2545. IRISH LUCK.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wilbur Bronson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jackson Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Gholson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clark Huddleston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Kenna

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Henry Levine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Murray Podolsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Silas Richardson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Brandon Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed Diepholz, GR on amission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31054 'Irish Luck. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Wohlstreck, 49406 Eydelstedt, Germany 10 February 1944 – 10 February 1944

Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44. Enemy aircraft, crashed Wohlstreck, NE of Diepholz, Germany. (9 x POW, 1 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 2545.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 12:28:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2545 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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