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42-3545

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/8/43; Grand Island 12/8/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 9/43; with K. Rongstad force landed Sntterton Heath 10/10/43; with Andy Rozentinsky 20/12/43 Flight engineer/top turret gunner: T Whitman, Waist gunner: S. Eastling (both wia); 13m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Andy Rozentinsky, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Vandam (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Phil Warner, Navigator: Jennings Beck, Bombardier: Omar Patterson (3 evaded capture); Radio Operator: Bob Buchanan, Ball turret gunner: Chas Staudt, Waist gunner: Ragnar Kvickstrom, Waist gunner: Larry Esala,Tail gunner: Bill Kiner (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Hulste, 19 miles SW of Ghent, Bel. Missing Air Crew Report 2257. LIZBETH II.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Russell Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighter attacks on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31299 'Junior' maintained formation until finally crashing NW of Beilen, Holland after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jennings Beck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-3545. Evaded (EVD). Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Buchanan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-3545. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2257 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Larry Esala

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-3545. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2257 Awards: PH.

  • William Kiner

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-3545. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2257 Awards: PH

  • Ragnar Kvickstrom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-3545. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2257 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Omar Patterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-3545. Evaded (EVD). MACR 2257 Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Rongstad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    * 20 October 1943 B17 42-30114 ditched in North Sea. All returned. ...

  • Kenneth Rongstad

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #4230114. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Andrew Roznetinsky

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17F 42-3545. Evaded (EVD). Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Snetterton, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 10 October 1943

Force landed Snetterton Heath 10/10/43. Pilot Lt K Rongstad.

Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 20 December 1943

Force landed with pilot Lt Andy Rozentinsky 20/12/43.

Crashed Hulste, 8531 Harelbeke, Belgium 29 January 1944 – 29 January 1944

Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44. Cause - enemy aircraft, crashed Hulste, 19 miles SW of Ghent, Belgium. (2 x POW, 3 x EVD, 5 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 2257.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2020 16:56:04 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Added camouflage notes.

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 14:27:38 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2257 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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