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42-31702

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17G 4231702 was delivered Denver 9-Dec-43; Kearney 28-Dec-43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-A] Polebrook 30-Jan-44. Sustained a direct hit from flak over the target, the aircraft factories at Schkeuditz, Germany on 16-Aug-44. Aircraft exploded in mid-air before all of the crew could bale out and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany. This aircraft had flown 47 missions. 3KIA 6POW MACR 7902.

P 2Lt Edgar D. Cartwright (KIA); CP 2Lt Robert C. Schwartz (KIA)
N F/O Joseph T.Gerhardt (POW); B 2Lt William R. Chauncey, Jr. (KIA)
E/TTG SSgt Eugene F. Moss (POW) RO SSgt Garlan R. Gillespie (POW)
BTG Sgt George R. Greenamyre (POW) WG Sgt Raymond F Newbauer (POW)
TG Sgt George W. Light (POW)

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edgar Cartwright

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16-Aug-44 in B-17 42-31702 while serving as pilot.

  • William Chauncey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    William R Chauncey grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Southwesthern College in 1939. He worked for North American Aviation before joining the Army Air Forces in 1943. ...

  • Joseph Gerhardt

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31702 while serving as Navigator. Aircraft received a direct hit by flak and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany. POW

  • Garlan Gillespie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17G 42-31702 while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft took a direct hit by flak and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany. POW

  • George Greenamyre

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31702 while serving as Balll Turret Gunner. Aircraft took a direct hit by flak and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Light

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31702 while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft took a direct hit by flak and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Eugene Moss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31702 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by flak and crashed at Burgwerben. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Raymond Newbauer

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-31702 while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft took a direct hit by flak and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Robert Schwartz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-31702 while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft Shot down by flak and crashed at Burgwerben, Germany.

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

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Burgwerben, Germany 16 August 1944

Shot down by Anti-Aircraft fire while on the bomb run. Crashed near Burgwerben, Germany.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2014 18:17:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Dec-2014. Added markings and Radio Call Sign, converted dates in description to military-style signification, added loss detail and target to description, added rank, crew position and formatted crew display; added detail and map location to FTR event per MACR 7902 and "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7902 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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