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42-37971

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 1/11/43; Gr Island 12/11/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 1/12/43; 8m, Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Tony Tuberose, Co-pilot: Chas Kipka, Navigator: Melvin Spencer (spent only one night at Horham, never even unpacked his gear), Bombardier: Bill Whitman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald Bentzel, Radio Operator: George Calandros, Ball turret gunner: Chas Dillow, Waist gunner: Julius Miller (8 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Wilbert Mannie,Tail gunner: Vince Barbella (2 Killed in Action); left formation with #1 & #4 on fire, crashed Aloys Meiman’s Farm, at Recke-Langenakker, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2526.

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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vincent Barbella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gerald Bentzel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). Went down on 23rd bombing...

  • George Calandros

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). Honorably discharged 28...

  • Charles Dillow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Kipka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Charles Kupka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wilbert Mannie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Julius Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Melvin Spencer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 February 1944 in B-17 #4237971. Prisoner of War (POW). Immediately after completing our training, several of us navigators were sent to England as replacements because of the heavy casualties in the 8th bomber command. We arrived in...

  • Anthony Tuberose

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Recke-Langenakker on a mission to Brunswick on 10 February 1944 in B-17G #42-37971. The crew that survived the attack baled out before the a/c broke up in the air. Prisoner of War (POW). Anthony Tuberose ended his...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 216

    10 February 1944
    This mission is a despatch of two separate formations. One formation is a combined force of 169 B-17Fs from 3rd Bomb Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 482BG despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Brunswick, Germany....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Recke, Germany 10 February 1944 – 10 February 1944

Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44. Left formation with #1 & #4 on fire, crashed Aloys Meiman’s Farm, at Recke-Langenakker, Germany. (8 x POW, 2 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR2526.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 19:57:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2526 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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