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42-3213

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/43; La Guardia 10/4/43; Assigned 92BG Alconbury 24/4/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Framlingham 19/5/43; transferred 3m 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; Missing in Action 7+m Le Bourget 16/8/43 with Eldon Smith, Co-pilot: Jim Cramer, Navigator: Melbourne Banowetz, Bombardier: Lloyd Hansen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Lyberger, Radio Operator: George Schmitt, Ball turret gunner: Felix Antonnacchio, Waist gunner: Tom Bone, Waist gunner: Vernon Miller,Tail gunner: Joe Mazzola (10 Returned to Duty); internal explosion severing #1 & #2 control cables, so turned back but ditched Channel, rescued by Air Sea Rescue taken to Newhaven, Sussex. No MACR. ALL AMERICAN.

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 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...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Felix Antonnacchio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-3213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-3079. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 550 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melbourne Banowetz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 42-3213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 42-3079. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 550 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Bone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure in B-17 42-3213 16-Aug-43. Returned to base. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3079. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 550 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • James Cramer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure in B-17 42-3213 16-Aug-43. Returned to base. Shot down 16-Sep-43 in B-17 42-3079. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 550 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lloyd Hansen

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Lyberger

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). Earlier 16 AUG 1943 had explosion aboard B17 42-3213 'All American' and orignally reported as Missing in Action (MIA) POW

  • Joseph Mazzola

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Vernon Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base.

  • George Schmitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #423213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #423079. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Young

    Military | Master Sergeant | Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    B-17 #42-3213 ditched in North Sea due to mechanical failure on 16 August 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3079, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed English Channel 16 August 1943

Missing in Action Le Bourget 16/8/43. Internal explosion severing #1 & #2 control cables, so turned back but ditched Channel, rescued by Air Sea Rescue taken to Newhaven, Sussex. (10 x RTD) No MACR.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:36:44 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 15:16:14 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 15:14:44 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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