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42-31437

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/11/43; Assigned 352BS, 301BG, 15AF Cerignola 7/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action 31m Steyr, Austria 24/2/44 with Charles E Abramson, Edward Barsditis, Meyer Markowitz, Roland Parker, Alfred Barilotti, Alex Ciegler, Richard Erickson, James Johnson, Edmund Kosenski; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; 9 x POW MACR 2636.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Abramson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Barilotti

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Barsditis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alex Ciegler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Erickson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Shot in leg exiting A/C. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM (2OLC), PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edmund Kosenski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Meyer Markowitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roland Parker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-31437 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2636. Awards: AM (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 3 November 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 3-Nov-43.

Assigned Cerignola, Italy 7 December 1943

Assigned to 352BS, 301BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Enns, Austria 24 February 1944

Failed to Return Steyr, Austria 24-Feb-44; enemy aircraft, crashed Enns, Austria; 9 x POW MACR 2636.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2018 12:46:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28614621
https://www.301bg.com/MacrDetails.cfm?MID=36

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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