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42-31771

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/12/43; Gr Island 23/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-R] Podington 28/1/44; Missing in Action -
shot down by enemy aircraft on the 24 August 1944 mission to Merseburg . Exploded and crashed near Lindenthal, NW of Leipzig, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8213.
Pilot: Steve Nagy; Co-pilot: John F. McTigue; Bombardier: Daniel P. Giove; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Willard R. Best; Ball turret gunner: Wilbur A. Wulfeck; Navigator: John S. Ketzner; Waist gunner: Francesco G. Iadevaia; Tail gunner: Peter S. Cimino Jr; Radio Operator/Gunner George M. Demott. Five men were KIA (Nagy, McTigue, Giove, Best and Wulfeck). The others were made prisoner (Ketzner, Demott, Iadevaia and Cimino).

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Willard Best

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Lindenthal in B-17 #4231771

  • Peter Cimino Jr

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Tail Gunner Peter S. Cimino Jr was on board of B-17 Serial 42-31771 when it was shot down by enemy aircraft on 24 August 1944. Exploded and crashed near Lindenthal, NW of Leipzig, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8213. ...

  • George Demott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Radio Operator/Gunner George M. Demott was on board of B-17 Serial 42-31771 when it was shot down by enemy aircraft on 24 August 1944. Exploded and crashed near Lindenthal, NW of Leipzig, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8213. ...

  • Daniel Giove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Lindenthal in B-17 34231771

  • Francesco Iadevaia

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Lindenthal on 8/24/44 in B-17 #4231771 POW

  • John Ketzner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Navigator John S. Ketzner flew 12. 5 missions and was on board of B-17 Serial 42-31771 when it was shot down by enemy aircraft on 24 August 1944. Exploded and crashed near Lindenthal, NW of Leipzig, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8213. He was a...

  • Steve Nagy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Lindenthal in B-17 34231771

  • John Tigue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Wilbur Wulfeck

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Lindenthal in B-17 34231771

Missions

  • 568

    24 August 1944

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Lindenthal, Leipzig, Germany 24 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 July 2015 12:38:49 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Roger Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" (nickname and ID letters)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8213 / MACR 8883 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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