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42-31876

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/12/43; Gt Falls 3/1/44; Cheyenne 5/1/44; Kearney 13/1/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Q] Horham 17/2/44; aborted after take off for Dusseldorf 9/9/44 with Bill Lahl, Co-pilot: Theo Bennett, Navigator: Maurice Schwartz (wia), Bombardier: George Goldstein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ben Powell (wia), Radio Operator: Bill Morgan (wia), Ball turret gunner: Lonnie Freeman (wia), Waist gunner: Gene Russell, Tail gunner: Guillermo Vasquez (wia) (9 RTD, inc five minor wia); #4 out, on return to base overshot runway, hit cement mixer; 70m, sal 10/9/44. FIRE BALL RED.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Theodore Bennett

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Lonnie Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

  • George Goldstein

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

  • George Goldstein

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donovan Helgeson

    Military | Lieutenant | 12/1943 - 3/1944 (Top Turret/Engineer); 2/1945 - 5/1945 (Pilot) | 95th Bomb Group

  • Billy Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

  • Benjamin Powell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

  • Eugene Russell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

  • Maurice Schwartz

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    September 9, 1944 AC#4231876 'Fire Ball' or 'Fire Ball Red' crash landed due to mechanical failure during either takeoff or assembly. All 10 crew members returned. Plane was salvaged September 10, 1944

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 9 September 1944

Aborted after take off for Dusseldorf 9/9/44. #4 out, on return to base overshot runway, hit cement mixer. (9 x RTD).

Salvaged Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 10 September 1944

Salvaged 10-9-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 02:32:17 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 14:10:20 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2017 00:07:57 jeepster298 Changes to person associations
Sources

http://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/151

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 17:31:21 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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