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42-37766

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 25/8/43; Scott 30/9/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 13/10/43; with J.W. Hargrove force landed Snetterton Heath 16/11/43; (10m), Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Maurice Mangis, Co-pilot: Don Lembeke, Waist gunner: Jack Short, Waist gunner: Bill McMaster (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ernie Bennett, Bombardier: Leon Celnusnak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Tracy, Ball turret gunner: Dale Aldrich,Tail gunner: Anton Svoboda (5 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Dick Dabney (evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed Lageveen, Zuidwolde, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 1702. PRINCESS PAT.

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

  • Dale Aldrich

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ernest Bennett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Celnusnak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Richard Dabney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Evaded.

  • John Hargrove

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Lembeke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Maurice Mangis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Master

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jack Short

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Anton Svoboda

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Snetterton, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 16 November 1943

Force landed Snetterton Heath 16/11/43. Pilot J W Hargrove.

Crashed Lageveen, 7924 Veeningen, Netherlands 22 December 1943 – 22 December 1943

Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43. Cause - enemy aircraft, crashed Lageveen, Zuidwolde, Holland; (5 x POW, 4 x KIA, 1 x EVD) Missing Air Crew Report 1702.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 15:08:18 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 1702 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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