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42-31087

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/43; Gt Falls 28/9/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Tom Hill, Wilbur Schmedel, Theo Block, Junius Chadwick, Jim Mullins, Vic Shewbert, Ed Hellenbeck, Buddy Keith, Omer Richardson (9 INT); flak, force landed Bredakara, Swe; 9 INT; Missing Air Crew Report 9758. HEAVEN CAN WAIT aka BOCHE BUSTER. Left Sweden 13/5/45.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Theodore Block

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Thomas Hill crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Politz 7-Oct-44 in B-17 42-31087 'Boche Buster'. Landed in Sweden. Interned (INT). MACR 9758 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Junius Chadwick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Thomas Hill crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Politz 7-Oct-44 in B-17 42-31087 'Boche Buster'. Landed in Sweden. Interned (INT). MACR 9758 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Marvin Christensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Hellenbeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Thomas Hill crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Politz 7-Oct-44 in B-17 42-31087 'Boche Buster'. Landed in Sweden. Interned (INT). MACR 9758 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Hill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Politz 7-Oct-44 in B-17 42-31087 'Boche Buster'. Landed in Sweden. Interned (INT). MACR 9758 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Buddy Keith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Thomas Hill crew. 21 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Politz 7-Oct-44 in B-17 42-31087 'Boche Buster'. Landed in Sweden. Interned (INT). MACR 9758 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul King

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 43 missions total. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jesse Lehr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    After landing from a local test flight on 28 Jan 1944, a fire broke out in the bomb bay in B-17G 42-37772. A/c was abandoned and was destroyed in fire. RTD. ...

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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 7 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 01:10:36 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2020 01:08:33 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added 2 spaces in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 04:56:14 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nicknames mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9758 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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