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42-3249

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 12/4/43; Presque Is 25/5/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG Andrews Fd 31/5/43; Missing in Action Bremen 16/12/43 with Pilot Carl E. Greer; Co-pilot Carl R. Rano; Navigator: James D. Cumming; Bombardier: Arthur B. Fränkel; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Kenneth E. Slenker; Radio Operator: William J. Dwelley; Ball turret gunner: Robert L. Evans; Left Waist gunner: Robert A. Miller; Right Waist gunner: Everett J. Missey; Tail gunner: Theodore J. Meschievitz (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed off northern tip of Texel Island, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Cumming

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    James Cumming was Navigator on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943 by enemy fighters over Zauider Zee, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • William Dwelley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    William Dwelley was Radio Operator on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Robert Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Evans was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Arthur Frankel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Arthur Frankel was Bombardier on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Carl Greer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Carl Greer was Pilot of B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Theodore Meschievitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Theodore Meschievitz was Tail Gunner on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Robert Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Miller was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Everett Missey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Everett Missey was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569. He was originally from the Charles F. Geyer Jr crew.

  • Carl Rano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Carl Rano was Co-Pilot on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

  • Kenneth Slenker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Kenneth Slenker was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 # 42-3249 of 96th Bomber Group / 413th Bomber Squadron, shot down 16 December 1943. Killed in Action (KIA) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1569.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 16 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 22:29:15 kstrykerAK Changes to markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 29, 295

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2015 13:58:18 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

MACR 1569
ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission) website

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2015 13:56:33 ED-BB Changes to description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1569
ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission) website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1569 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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