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42-31595

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Gt Falls 30/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Assigned 750BS/457BG Glatton 25/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44; with Gene Whelan, Co-pilot: Jim Cawley, Navigator: George McPeake, Bombardier: Bob Kuncl, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Vaughn, Radio Operator: Jerome Hartings, Ball turret gunner: Virgil French, Waist gunner: J.W. Bartee, Waist gunner: John McVey, Tail gunner: Alphus Maddox (10 Killed in Action); mid air coll with ME410 after wreckage fell from above off #42-31627; crashed NE of Brachwitz, four miles N of Treuenbrietzen, SW of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3197. FLYING JENNY.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 750th Bomb Squadron

People

  • J Bartee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G #42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Cawley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G #42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Virgil French

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G #42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Jerome Hartings

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G #42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kuncl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G #42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alphus Maddox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • George McPeake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G 42-31595 causing it to crash SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John McVey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    1942, at eighteen years of age, J.C. joined the Army Air Force and received his wings in Las Vegas, Nevada. He then became a Staff Sergeant and crew member on a B-17G Flying Fortress. He arrived in England on February 27, 1944 and only eight days later...

  • Robert Vaughn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G #42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Whalen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Wreckage from an ME410 that rammed another B-17 impacted with B-17G 42-31595 causing it to crashe SW of Berlin on a mision to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 20:25:10 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.
Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3197 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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