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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/5/43; Dow Fd 5/6/43; Assigned with H2S radar scanner installed 813BS/482BG [PC-S] Alconbury 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 8/2/44 with Joe Gold, Co-pilot: Warren Cosby, Bombardier: Bob Felsberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vernon Mainard, Radio Operator: Steve Rodowicz, Ball turret gunner: Arthur Foulkes, Waist gunner: Herb Gebers (7 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Jim Clarendon{ret UK 10/5/44}, Waist gunner: Elres Dowden,Tail gunner: Pvt Webber Mason{both ret UK 21/5/44} (3 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, KO’d #3, crashed Chevincourt, five miles NE of Compeign, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2781.



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron
  • 813th Bomb Squadron


  • Donald Cassidy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #423557. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Clarendon

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Sylvan Cohen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #423557. Prisoner of War (POW). POW/ Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters/ Purple Heart

  • Warren Cozby

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Elres Dowden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Frank Draggoo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 November 1943 in B-17 #423557. Killed in Action (KIA). Crew Number 46

  • Robert Felsberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Arthur Foulkes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Herbert Gebers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group

  • Joe Gold

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group

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  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 30 November 1943
Failed to Return (FTR) France 8 February 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1401 / MACR 2781 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database