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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

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 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
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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