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42-31410

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Forest Wilmouth, Radio Operator: Cyril Cummings, Ball turret gunner: Chas O’Geen, Waist gunner: Jim Taylor, Tail gunner: Don Cairns (7 Prisoner of War); Missing Air Crew Report 9352; Salvaged battle damaged base and repaired; when parked was hit by 42-97992 15/4/45; 70m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 26/6/45; Love Fd 27/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 10/11/45. BERLIN BESSIE aka I DOOD IT.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-97992 'Hap Hazard' 'Trouble Buggy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/4/44; Langley 24/6/44; Dow Fd 15/7/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 16/7/44 HAP HAZARD; 336BS [OE-G]; 412BS [QW-Q]; with W. Hatheway, Navigator: Gene Petrocene (Killed in Action), obs-D.A. Pomeroy (Wounded in Action) and Xn...

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Units

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Cairns

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17G AC# 42-31410 'Berlin Bessie'. Prisoner of War (POW) on 6 Oct 1944.

  • Cyril Cummings

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Combat Chronology, Unit Website, MACR 9352

  • James Hallas

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Elmer Haller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • Edwin Jacobson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Just

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Sharland Leavitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Leslie Lennox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert McCoy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Horham Airfield, UK 1 January 1943

95BG
336BS

Delivered Cheyenne, WY 31 October 1943
1st 95th BG Combat Mission Frankfurt, Germany 29 January 1944
Damaged/Returned to Base Berlin, Germany 6 October 1944

Received severe flak damage over target. All crew except pilot and co-pilot bailed out and were captured. Lennox (pilot) and McCoy (Co-Pilot) were able to return the aircraft to base. It was repaired, but it did not return to combat. The assumption is that is was used for a base hack aircraft as it was returned to the US after the war.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2020 03:49:39 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/131

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2020 21:13:48 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 22:49:52 Blessed Event Changes to nicknames
Sources

Matt Webster

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9352 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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