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42-32045

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Cheyenne 25/1/44; Omaha 3/2/44; Hunter 15/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 339BS/96BGB [QJ-R] Snetterton 21/3/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 19/7/44.

QJ-R 42-32045 was the “Silver Slipper”, the first unpainted B-17 to fly in combat with the 8th Air Force. The aircraft was stationed at Snetterton Heath, Norfolk, England with the 96th Bomb Group, 339th Squadron, Crew #HH92. On July 19, 1944, the Silver Slipper was shot down by flack 10 minutes after hitting the target at Schweinfurt, Germany (MACR 7411). The ten crew members bailed out near Reil, Germany, were captured and all returned home after VE Day.
The crew was: 1st Lt. Charles E. Quinby (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Herbert R. Jackson (Co-Pilot), 2nd Lt. Joseph Bernstein (Bombardier), 2nd Lt. Bruce K. Bockstanz (Navigator), T/Sgt. Joseph K. Duplechain (Engineer), T/Sgt. John L. Jones (Radio), S/Sgt. Norman F. Christian (Right Waist Gunner), S/Sgt. Paul F. Nulton (Left Waist Gunner), S/Sgt. Walter J. Finnegan (Tail Gunner) and S/Sgt. Arthur J. Schwaiger (Ball Gunner).

Service

Units

People

  • Joseph Bernstein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 According to Bockstanz, "we were hit on the bomb run. Two engines were knocked out but we managed to stay with the formation and drop POW

  • Bruce Bockstanz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 This plane was the first B-17 without camuflage paint in the European Theater. The pilot kept the plane in the air for 40 minutes by 'burning altitude'and...

  • Norman Christian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Reil, Germany on 07/19/44 in B-17G "Silver Slipper" #42-32045. POW

  • Joseph Duplechain

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz on 719/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 According to Bockstanz, "we were hit on the bomb run. Two engines were knocked out but we managed to stay with the formatio POW

  • Walter Finnegan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz on 7/19/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 POW

  • Herbert Jackson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz on 7/19/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 According to Bockstanz, "we were hit on the bomb run. Two engines were knocked out but we managed to stay with the formati POW

  • John Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Kblenz on 7/19/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 According to Bockstanz, "we were hit on the bomb run. Two engines were knocked out but we managed to stay with the fo POW

  • Paul Nulton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944. POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz on 7/19/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 According to Bockstanz, "we were hit on the bomb run. Two engines were knocked out but we managed to stay with the formati POW

  • Charles Quinby

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz on 7/19/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 Hit by blak near Frankfurt. Crashed at Reil, near Koblenz. According to Bockstanz, "we were hit on the bomb run. Two engin POW

  • Arthur Schwaiger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Shot down by flak and crashed at Koblenz on 7/19/44 in B-17 Silver Slipper #4232045 POW

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO, USA 19 January 1944
Assigned Snetterton, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 21 March 1944

Snetterton Heath, Norfolk, England with the 96th Bomb Group, 339th Squadron

Crashed Reil, Germany 19 July 1944 – 19 July 1944

On July 19, 1944, the Silver Slipper was shot down by flack 10 minutes after hitting the target at Schweinfurt, Germany (MACR 7411). The ten crew members bailed out near Reil, Germany, were captured and all returned home after VE Day.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 15:36:37 arubalime Changes to aircraft associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 15:28:53 arubalime Changes to description
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17 December 2014 07:42:56 arubalime Changes to events
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17 December 2014 04:34:55 arubalime Changes to description and events
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17 December 2014 04:29:41 arubalime Changes to markings
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17 December 2014 04:27:24 arubalime Changes to nicknames
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QJ-R 42-32045 was the “Silver Slipper”, the first unpainted B-17 to fly in combat with the 8th Air Force. The aircraft was stationed at Snetterton Heath, Norfolk, England with the 96th Bomb Group, 339th Squadron, Crew #HH92. On July 19, 1944, the Silver Slipper was shot down 10 minutes after hitting the target at Schweinfurt, Germany (MACR 7411). The ten crew members bailed out near Reil, Germany, were captured and all returned home after VE Day.
The crew was: 1st Lt. Charles E. Quinby (Pilot), 2nd Lt. Herbert R. Jackson (Co-Pilot), 2nd Lt. Joseph Bernstein (Bombardier), 2nd Lt. Bruce K. Bockstanz (Navigator), T/Sgt. Joseph K. Duplechain (Engineer), T/Sgt. John L. Jones (Radio), S/Sgt. Norman F. Christian (Right Waist Gunner), S/Sgt. Paul F. Nulton (Left Waist Gunner), S/Sgt. Walter J. Finnegan (Tail Gunner) and S/Sgt. Arthur J. Schwaiger (Ball Gunner).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7411 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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