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42-31914

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/1/44; Kearney 17/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-S] Podington 11/2/44; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Bernard Rosenfeld, Co-pilot: Gerry Robson, Navigator: John Launius, Bombardier: Gene Metz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Nicodemus, Radio Operator: Bill Petrie, Ball turret gunner: Claud Morehead, Waist gunner: Walt Wisniewski, Waist gunner: Ray Schuster,Tail gunner: Jim Cook (10INT); enemy aircraft, crash landed Dubendorf, Switz; W/O; Missing Air Crew Report 4147. BUTCH.

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...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • John Launius

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Eugene Metz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Claude Morehead

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Walter Nicodemus

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • William Petrie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Gerald Robson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Bernard Rosenfeld

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Raymond Schuster

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Walter Wisniewski

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231914 'Butch. ' Crashed in Switzerland. Interned.

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) Germany 24 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 September 2019 13:50:04 genemetz Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added name of plane

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4147 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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