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42-31576

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Romulus 31/12/43; Presque Is 2/1/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-G] Snetterton 16/1/44; Missing in Action Erkner 8/3/44 with Dick Lemanski, Co-pilot: Jim Buttermore, Navigator: Leroy Chappell, Bombardier: Frank Sewell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Matt Mendys, Radio Operator: Dave Hohm, Ball turret gunner: Phil Kierstead, Waist gunner: Jeff Roberts, Waist gunner: Edgar Currie,Tail gunner: Dean Shuck (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed between Wegenstedt & Calvorden, 13 miles NE of Helmstadt A/Fd, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3426.

Service

Units

People

  • James Buttermore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Chappell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edgar Currie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Philip Kierstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Lemanski

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Completed 11 missions to Ludwigshaven, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven, Frankfort, Rostock, Poznan, Belgium, French and Polish objectives. Shot down by ME 109s on the mission to Berlin on 8 March 1944 in B-17 #4231576. ...

  • Matthew Mendys

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jeff Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • David Rohm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Enemy fighters shot down his plane on a mission to Berlin. David parachuted into enemy territory and was captured by German soldiers. After spending 14 months as a Prisoner of War (POW) he was liberated in May 1945. ...

  • Frank Sewell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dean Shuck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31576 crashed near Wegenstadt after the crew baled out near Helmstedt, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 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 aer so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3426 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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