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42-31860

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/12/43; Kearney 14/1/44; Presque Is 29/1/44; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY- ] Podington 5/2/44; Missing in Action Achmer 21/2/44 with Ralph Skoubo, Co-pilot: Bill Campbell, Navigator: Rich Baker, Bombardier: Bill Corretti, Radio Operator: Russ Kennedy, Ball turret gunner: Hal Poe, Waist gunner: Jim Dively, Waist gunner: Chas Thorburn,Tail gunner: John Sherrets (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Hewitt (KIA-baled out in sea & drowned); enemy aircraft, crashed three miles NW of Ostend, Bel; Missing Air Crew Report 2855.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Baker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Campbell

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Billy Corretti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Dively

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Hewitt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Kennedy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Hal Poe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Sherrets

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Skoubo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Thorburn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Crashed near Ostende, Belgium on a mission to Lippstadt, GR on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31860. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 21 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2855 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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