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42-37797

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 1/9/43; Gr Island 23/9/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-T] Rougham 29/9/43; Missing in Action Berlin 18/4/44 with Bill Brinkmier, Bombardier: Jim Murray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Boyd Crocker, Radio Operator: Paul Caskey, Ball turret gunner: Chas Breckenridge, Waist gunner: Guy Bowman, Waist gunner: Dave McCormick,Tail gunner: Jim Hong (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Howard Mariska, Navigator: Norman McComb (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft KOd two engines and other damage, crashed Lodderitz, 12 miles NW of Dessau. Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4155. PANTHER aka GINMILL SPECIAL aka WOLVERINE II.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Guy Bowman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Breckenridge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Brinkmeir

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Caskey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Boyd Crocker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Hong

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIB, Krems, Austria. [Documents attached to database form. ] POW

  • Howard Mariska

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Norman McComb

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • David McCormick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Murray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237797 'Gin Mill Special. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 18 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4155 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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