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42-37877

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/9/43; Gr Island 20/10/43; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-K] Podington 20/1/44; Missing in Action Cottbus 29/5/44 with Harry Avery, Co-pilot: Ed Stapleton, Navigator: Jack Sorkin, Radio Operator: Don Bennettwia, Waist gunner: Clarry Ackerman,Tail gunner: Don Merrick (6 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Bob Stewart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim McIlroy, Ball turret gunner: Clem Dreyer (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft set ship on fire, blew up and crashed Denzig, five miles SW of Kallies, E of Stettin, Pol; Missing Air Crew Report 5357. POPCORN FORT.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clarence Ackermann

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Avery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clem Dreyer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Ilroy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Donald Merrick

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Sorkin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Stampleton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 29 May 1944 in B-17 #4237877. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Kalisz Pomorski, Poland 29 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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