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42-37988

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 5/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-M] Horham 3/12/43; 27m, Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with John Vilberg, Navigator: Adrien Caignon, Bombardier: Bill Weston, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ralph McCleod, Radio Operator: Pete Pollreis, Ball turret gunner: Jim O’Neill, Waist gunner: Vernon Alberes, Waist gunner: Lou Isaac,Tail gunner: Glenn Gregory (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Victor Ennis (evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed near Nendorf, 13 miles W of Steinhuder Lake, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4470. FLAGSHIP.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vernon Albares

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37988 'Flagship', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Bate

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bovenzi

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Francis Boyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Adrien Caignon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 42-37988 'Flagship', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stephen Dobish

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Victor Ennis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4237988 'Flagship. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Glenn Gregory

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #4237988 'Flagship. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Isaac

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37988 'Flagship'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph McLeod

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 April 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4470 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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