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42-31234

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Wilmington 245/10/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Rougham 27/10/43 THE BARBER SHOP; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 7/1/44 with Joe Barber, Navigator: John McGrath, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Mancuso, Radio Operator: Mike McDonald, Ball turret gunner: Ed McCarty (5 Prisoner of War), Co-pilot: Major Leon Blythye, Tail gunner: Lt Paul Marriot (2 evaded capture), Bombardier: Bob Gerth, Waist gunner: Martin Perkins, Waist gunner: Stan Maciolek (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crash landed Les Trois Marquets, Pas De Calais, Fr, on return. Missing Air Crew Report 1894. JOHNNIE WALKER III.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Barber

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. POW

  • Leon Blythe

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Went down while flying as observer and escaped with the help of evaders. Was with the 94th BG when shot down. Pres. Unit Citation and Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Robert Gerth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III'. Killed in Action (KIA). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. AM /w 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Maciolek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III'. Killed in Action (KIA). Part of Barber Crew. Only 3 killed, after crash landing in France AM w/ 2Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Francis Mancuso

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. POW 16 Months Stalag XVIIB

  • Paul Marriott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Evaded (EVD). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR.

  • Edward McCarty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. POW

  • Michael McDonald

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. POW

  • John McGrath

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Prisoner of War (POW). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. POW

  • Martin Perkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 January 1944 in B-17G #42-31234 'Barber Shop' or 'Johnny Walker III' Killed in Action (KIA). Damaged by fighters the a/c crashed near Pas-de-Calais, FR. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, PH

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Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 7 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 04:08:00 Frank Mancuso III Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal collection

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 11:26:17 Lucy May Changes to description and person associations
Sources

MACR 1894: https://www.fold3.com/image/28697522

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1894 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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