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42-37852

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/9/43; Gr Island 3/10/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-T] Rougham 9/10/43 as GRAND OLD LADY. Missing in Action Berlin 18 April 1944 with Pilot Matthew L. Dillard, Co-pilot: Eli Theriault, Navigator: Thomas A. McQuade, Bombardier: Thomas E. O’Leary, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry J. Swidergal, Radio Operator: Stanley Schaefer, Ball turret gunner: Delzon I. Dennison, Left Waist gunner: Neil E. Weeks, Tail gunner: Henry F. Wojciechowski (9 Prisoner of War); Right Waist gunner: Frank E. Timberlake (Killed in Action). Enemy aircraft, crashed Vietznitz, four miles East of Friesack/Westhavelland, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 4157. THE PAY OFF.

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

  • Delzon Dennison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Matthew Dillard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas McQuade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 42-37852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War. POW/Purple Heart/Air Medal/2 bronze stars

  • Thomas O'Leary

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stanley Schaefer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Swidergal

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Henry Swidergal was Top Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-37852, shot down 18 April 1944 on the mission to Berlin. Prisoner of War (POW). Seems to have died in New York in 1954 (?)

  • Eli Theriault

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Timberlake

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Neil Weeks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Wojciechowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 18 April 1944 in B-17 #4237852 'Payoff. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

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

crashed (or emergency landing ?) Friesack/Westhavelland, NE of Berlin

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2019 11:35:04 ED-BB Changes to description, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 4157

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2019 14:38:25 ED-BB Changes to mission associations
Sources

Changed key image

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4157 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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