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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Gt Falls 1/12/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 6/1/44; Grenier 9/1/44; Presque Is 12/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-O] Horham 23/1/44; 72m, Missing in Action Zeitz 16/8/44 with Lou Price, Radio Operator: Bill Dixon, Ball turret gunner: Lorie Thomas (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: David Davies, Navigator: Jim Smith, Bombardier: Pierce Wenthur, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray BridwellWounded in Action, Waist gunner: Steve MatisWounded in Action,Tail gunner: Jim Herbig (6 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Naundorf, NW of Chemnitz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8177.

Service

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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Raymond Bridwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Altenburg on 8/16/44 in B-17 #4231589 POW

  • David Davies

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Altenburg on 8/16/44 in B-17 #4231589 POW

  • William Dixon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Altenburg in B-17 #4231589

  • James Herbig

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Altenburg on 8/16/44 in B-17 34231589 POW

  • Stephen Matis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by flak and crashed at Altenburg on 8/16/44 in B-17 34231589 POW

  • Louis Price

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Altenburg in B-17 #4231589

  • James Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Altenburg on 8/16/44 in B-17 #4231589 POW

  • Lorie Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Altenburg in B-17 #4231589

  • Pierce Wenthur

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Naundorf, Germany 16 August 1944 – 16 August 1944

Failed to return from mission to Zeitz 16/8/44. Shot down by flak, crashed Naundorf, NW of Chemnitz, Germany. (3 x KIA, 6 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 8177.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 22:33:09 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 22:23:44 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8177 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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