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42-32086

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/1/44; Kearney 7/2/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 3/3/44; transferred 749BS/457BG [N] Glatton 5/3/44; battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Loren Hampton, Co-pilot: Orville Hocker, Navigator: Bob Mattox, Bombardier: Andy Friesen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Maurice Diehl, Radio Operator: Russ Karl, Ball turret gunner: Thomas Farrell (7 Returned to Duty); Waist Gunner: Mike Pipock and Tail gunner: Glen Seeber (2 Killed in Action); bailed out before ship force landed friendly territory at Joigny, France; returned 11/9/44;

According to one source, probably sustaining battle damage and mixed up with operation to Gaggenau the following day; crash landed between Senan, Neuilly and Champlay, France. Salvaged 15/2/45. YOU NEVER KNOW.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Maurice Diehl

    Military | Engineer/Top Turret gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Returned.

  • Thomas Farrell

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Returned.

  • Andrew Friesen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Returned.

  • Loren Hampton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Returned.

  • Orville Hocker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Returned.

  • Russell Karl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Returned.

  • Robert Mattox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Wounded in Action, treated in French hospital.

  • Michael Pipock

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 25 November 1944 PH

  • Glen Seeber

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Killed in Action.

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 76571 Gaggenau, Germany 10 September 1944
Crashed 89300 Joigny, France 10 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 12:37:58 Lucy May Changes to description and person associations
Sources

Removed Alexander McDermott from crew on 10 Sept 1944 as his is not listed in MACR 8904: https://www.fold3.com/image/28737186

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2017 11:58:51 Lucy May Changes to description, events and person associations
Sources

Removed Cliff Digre (BTG), John Brown (WG) , Earl Johnson (CP) and Earl Rinehart (FE/TTG) from crew on 10 Sept 1944 as they are not listed in MACR 8904: https://www.fold3.com/image/28737186

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 12:27:58 Emily Changes to nicknames, markings and unit associations
Sources

Name and markings based on associated media.

Additional detail from Watkins, 'Battle Colours, Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, Bomber Command', pp. 100-101

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8904 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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