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42-31377

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 17/11/43;

Assigned 327BS/92BG Podington 27/12/43;

Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with Bill Lavies (KIA-broke his neck when landing on frozen Limfjord after bale out); Co-pilot: Elijah Vaughan, Navigator: Francis Peacock, Bombardier: Bob Shuman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Neil Byers, Radio Operator: John Walcott, Ball Turret Gunner: Lester Schrenk, Waist gunner: Bill Harman, Waist gunner: Pete Guastella,Tail gunner: Vern Swindler (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hoerdum, 12 miles SW of Thisted (Jutland), Den; Missing Air Crew Report 2750. POT O' GOLD.

The website http://www.airmen.dk contains a lot of detailed information on aircraft
and crew that came down in Denmark during the Second World War.

See this plane http://www.airmen.dk/p271.htm and accounts from Lester Schrenk:
The day of my capture: http://www.airmen.dk/o888186fi.htm
How I met the German pilot: http://www.airmen.dk/o888186-hhm4.htm
Lester Schrenk and Hans Hermann Müller in 2012: http://www.airmen.dk/o888186-hhm2.htm

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-30580 'Equipoise'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/6/43; Smoky 10/7/43; Dow Fd 15/7/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-N] Alconbury 14/8/43; Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/1/44 following ground collision with 42-31377, after ship blew right tyre; with Bill Lock, Co-pilot: Walt Price,...

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Neil Byers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Peter Guastella

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Harman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Lavies

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Francis Peacock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lester Schrenk

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Lester F. Schrenk, ("Les") Sgt., U.S. Eighth Air Force, 92nd Bomb Group, 327th Squadron, B-17 Pot O' Gold, POW for 15 months. ...

  • Robert Shuman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vern Swindler

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elijah Vaughan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Walcott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Thisted, Demark on a mission to Aalberg, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31377. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 7752 Hørdum, Denmark 22 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 17:02:50 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

Added links to http://www.airmen.dk

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 15:10:51 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Made Connections based on existing information in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2750 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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