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42-31540

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Cleveland 9/12/43; Syracuse 11/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Prestwick 19/12/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-A] Rougham 20/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Marion Reid, Co-pilot: Lew Carter, Navigator: Roger Tessier, Bombardier: Stan Duffield, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lee Kieffer, Radio Operator: John Boone, Ball turret gunner: Ludwig Huth, Waist gunner: Jim Kalahar, Waist gunner: Dick Brennan,Tail gunner: Willard Christensen, obs-T/Sgt John Davis (11 Killed in Action); hit by bombs from 42-97791 (94BG) above knocking off left rudder, then wing broke off as it spun to earth, crashed Oderbergerstrasse, Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4946. MISS DONNA MAE.

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Aircraft

  • 42-97791 'Trudy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/2/44; 1SAG Langley 17/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-O] Rougham 10/4/44; on bomb run over Berlin 19/5/44 a stick knocked off the stabiliser of a ship below 42-31540 which crashed below killing all crew; force landed...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organisation and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29-Jun-1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28-Aug-42 to 31-Oct-42 than at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas from...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Boone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH

  • Richard Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Lewis Carter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Willard Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Interred at Döberitz cemetery, remains...

  • John Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Observer | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Stanley Duffield

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM(OLC), PH.

  • Ludwig Huth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • James Kalahar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Lee Kieffer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Marion Reid

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

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Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA October 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Bldg 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 16 November 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK 20 December 1943

Assigned to 331BS, 94BG, 8AF.

Crashed Oderberger Str. 57, 10435 Berlin, Germany 19 May 1944

Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 hit by bombs from 42-97791 (94BG) above knocking off left rudder, then wing broke off as it spun to earth, crashed Oderbergerstrasse, Berlin. 11 KIA. Missing Air Crew Report 4946

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2018 20:28:58 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650389

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2017 12:03:26 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650389

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 19:19:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650389

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4946 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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