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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

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

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

  • Nels Davidson

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Maintenance Technician | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 351BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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

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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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