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42-31607

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Wendover 12/10/43; Presque Is 19/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [B] Glatton 23/2/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 12/5/44 with John Akers, Co-pilot: Chas Scott, Navigator: Lloyd Dell, Bombardier: Leo Kruszinski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed White, Radio Operator: Bob Marsteller, Ball turret gunner: Austin Moore, Waist gunner: Harry Peterman, Waist gunner: Chris Milgo,Tail gunner: Wallace Taft (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Naunheim/Eifel, six miles SE of Mayen, SW of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4800. ROSE OLIVE.

This plane 42-31607, named "Rose Olive," was piloted by Lt John Akers. After dropping bombs on the target at Lutzkendorf, the plane apparently developed engine trouble or other malfunctions and dropped from the formation with two engines out. It dropped far behind the rest of the group and apparently had other problems for the crew abandoned the plane, parachuted to safety and were POW's for the rest of the war.

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...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Akers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot - B-17 Flying Fortress | 457th Bomb Group
    John Akers Jr grew up in Greenville, TX on a cotton farm. Graduated High School May 1939. His days consisted of working the cotton farm with 2 mules and picking the cotton. After seeing the events of Pearl Harbor during his time in the civilian...

  • Lloyd Dell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Kruszynski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Marstellar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). Held at Stalag Luft IV.

  • Christopher Milgo

    Military | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Austin Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Peterman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wallace Taft

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward White

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4231607. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 353

    12 May 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2020 19:00:59 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

associated image of # 607 does not compare to F series image of nose art.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2020 18:58:38 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945, MARCHESE

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 21:35:08 Oliver Akers Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

update info

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 21:14:57 Oliver Akers Changes to description
Sources

Info Update

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4800 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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