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42-32081

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 708BS/447BG Rattlesden 6/3/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 4/11/44 with Junior Adams, Bob McGuire, Edwin Breaw, Ross McCollum, Millard Bell, John Roberts, John Dewberry, John Collins, Larry Ornato (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 10162. YELLOW CAB.

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. ...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 708th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Junior Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

  • Millard Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Went down in Channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

  • Edwin Breaw

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    LT. Edwin G. Breaw's B-17 'Yellow Cab' that he flew was critically damaged by shrapnel and crashed in the English channel on the course back to England; He and the crew members were Killed in Action (KIA)

  • John Collins

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

  • John Dewberry

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

  • Ross McCollum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' 42-32081. ...

  • Robert McGuire

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

  • Lawrence Ornato

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

  • John Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed into channel in B-17 'Yellow Cab' #42-32081

Places

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 4 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 22:36:05 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 01:08:35 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10162 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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