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42-3491

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-G] Alconbury 20/8/43 (H2-X); Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Maj Fred Rabo, Co-pilot: John Morgan, Ball turret gunner: Bill Westcott, Waist gunner: Steve Keaton (4 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Capt John Crotty 385BG, rad/nav-Capt Ken Klotz, Bombardier: Capt Lou Dentoni, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Foote, to-Tom Kon, Waist gunner: Ed Friesorger, Tail gunner: Lt Walter Regoli 385BG, Mis/CO-Col Russell Wilson 4BW, (6 Killed in Action); flak hit, ship broke up and crashed Lake Harvel, near Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3362.

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. ...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 812th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Crotty

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Killed in Action (KIA). 2 DFC's, Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; ETO Ribbon+3 stars

  • Louis Dentoni

    Military | Captain | Group Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    August 17, 1943 - Hospitalized in Africa. #42-30187 'Lulu Belle' B-17 piloted by Preston Piper was hit by flak and shot. Dentoni and navigator Lt. Paul Schultz manned waist guns as tail gunner had been injured. ...

  • Francis Foote

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Friesorger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Steve Keaton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Klotz

    Military | Captain | Navigator, Radio Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Kon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Shot down by heavy flak just prior to the target of Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17F #42-3491 'Chopstick-G George'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    John Morgan served as a co-pilot with the 482nd Bomb Group. On 26 July 1943, he flew damaged B-17 #42-29802 back to base after pilot was seriously injured and aircraft was badly damaged. For over 2 hours he flew it one handed because he had to hold the...

  • John Morgan

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

  • Alfred Rabo

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander, Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Rabo is best known for nicknaming H2X radar 'Mickey Mouse' ...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 21:56:17 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 21:05:57 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Added the A/C nickname.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 21:01:55 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added 2 more spaces for readability.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 20:57:59 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added 2 spaces in the "Description" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3362 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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