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42-38078

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/12/43; Savannah 23/12/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG 7/1/44; 14m transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; severe battle damaged Debreczen 21/9/44 with Guy Miller, Co-pilot: Tom Rybovich, Navigator: Theo Davich, Bombardier: Bob Mullen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Maguire (Wounded in Action), Radio Operator: Tony Ferrera (Wounded in Action), Ball turret gunner: Bill Stueck (7 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Jim Totty, Tail gunner: Elmer Buss (2 Killed in Action); crash landed base and broke in half, then after repair aircraft was flown again by Miller 1/12/44; flown with Bill Morton 1/6/45 crash landed Bari, Italy, destroyed by fire. SWEET PEA.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Nilo Abel

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Crew chief of B-17 42-38078 'Sweat Pea'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Buss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit 21-Sep-44 Died of his wounds. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Theodore Davich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Anthony Ferrara

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and A/C severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Wounded in chest from shrapnel, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage collapsing. WIA/RTD. ...

  • Walter Gray

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. ...

  • James Maguire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald McGuire

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top turret | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Guy Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. With co-pilots assistance and controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed...

  • Robert Mullen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier/Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Rybovich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Assisted pilot with controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 03:50:47 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 03:45:35 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a unit connection to the 15th AF.

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 14:38:05 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Added connections to the 429th BS and Amendola mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2020 17:31:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 01:49:55 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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