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42-31089

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 4/10/43; Scott 28/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 16/11/43; Missing in Action Kiel 4/1/44 with Capt Bill Garland, Co-pilot: Maj Malcolm Martin (Sq. CO), Navigator: Ed Nolte, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony Spacek, Radio Operator: Bert Stimmel, Ball turret gunner: Tom McNab, Waist gunner: John Parratt, Tail gunner: Erle Owens (8 Returned to Duty), Bombardier: Floyd Howe (rip when picked up), Waist gunner: Ralph Newton (2 Killed in Action); mechanical fault, ditched North Sea, crew rescued by RN minesweepers Monique & Camille. Missing Air Crew Report 6468. CAROLYNE.

Service

Units

  • 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

  • William Garland

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Group Operations Officer | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • Floyd Howe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne'. Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • Michael Lefkin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Malcolm Martin

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot; Commanding Officer (612 Squadron) | 392nd Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped. Original CO of 612th Squadron.

  • Thomas McNab

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • Ralph Newton

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • Edward Nolte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • Erle Owens

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • John Parratt

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped.

  • Anthony Spacek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    RTD. Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 42-31089 'Carolyne. ' Target Kiel, Germany. Plane ditched in North Sea after both engines on left side stopped. Completed 35 missions. On one he was forced to ditch with h

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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) Over Water (OW) Kiel, Germany 4 January 1944
Ditched North Sea 4 January 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6468 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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