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42-31760

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Danver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 4/2/44; 17m, Missing in Action night practice mission 6/11/44 with George Birch McVay; Co-pilot: Charles O’Brien, Navigator: David Robbins Kile, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl A. Slivinski, Radio Operator: Gilbert Raymond Frazer, obs-Edward Graham Fetherston (6 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Vincent Blazquez (evaded capture); mech fault, aircraft failed to hear recall, force landing landed Cottbus, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 10418. IKKY POO.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 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
  • 561st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vincent Blazquez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. George McVay crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, baled out after flak hit Evaded (EVD) MACR 10418 ...

  • Edward DeGrandpre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Worked as an Air Traffic Controller after the war

  • Edward Fetherston

    Military | Sergeant | Radar Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Stand in for McVay crew. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

  • Gilbert Frazer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • James Godwin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group

  • David Kile

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. George McVay crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

  • George McVay

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

  • Charles O'Brien

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. George McVay crew. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 #42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 10418 ...

  • Calvin Samson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Carl Slivinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 combat missions. McVay crew. Failed to Return (FTR) night practice mission in B-17 42-31760 'Ikky-Poo' 6-Nov-44; failed to hear recall, landed Cottbus, Germany Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10418 ...

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....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 11 December 1943
Assigned Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 4 February 1944

388 BG
561 BS

First 388th BG Combat Mission Poznań, Poland 24 February 1944
Final 388th BG Combat Mission 01987 Ruhland, Germany 21 June 1944

35 combat missions with the 388th BG

Transferred to the 95th BG Horham, Eye IP21 5EQ, UK July 1944

95 BG
334 BS

Crashed Cottbus, Germany 6 November 1944 – 6 November 1944

Missing in Action night practice mission 6/11/44. Cause - mechanical fault, aircraft failed to hear recall, force landing landed Cottbus, Germany; (6 x POW, 1 x EVD) MACR 10418.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 21:13:11 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Added finish per image; conformed block field.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 21:10:11 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29246996

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2020 04:14:08 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

MACR 10418

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2017 03:04:09 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-31760&dat...

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 11:07:25 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10418 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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