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42-31486

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Prestwick 6/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-Y] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with John Tannahill, Co-pilot: Harry Selby, Navigator: Ed Harris, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pat Powers, Radio Operator: Harry Roark, Ball turret gunner: Harley Kennemer, Waist gunner: Weldon Martin, Tail gunner: Larry Freeman (8 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Bill Frye (blown out when ship exploded), Waist gunner: Tom Brennan (2 Prisoner of War); Enemy aircraft, crashed Oberndorf, 18 miles N of Kaiserlautern, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 2272.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Brennan

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G 42-31486. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Laurence Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Frye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G 42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harley Kennemer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Weldon Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Patrick Powers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Roark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harry Selby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Tannahill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31486. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt, Germany 29 January 1944
Crashed Oberndorf, Germany 29 January 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2272 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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