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42-38113

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/43; Gr Island 29/12/43; Presque Is 21/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [A] Glatton 23/1/44; then 750BS [R]; Missing in Action [105m] Rheine 21/3/44 with Craig Creason, Ralph Gray, Rudi Haumann, Tom Madigan, Blair Arsenault, Ralph Ingraham, Garland Frost, Ken Hazeltine (8 Returned to Duty); Bill Wagner (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Hopsten, near Bremen; Missing Air Crew Report 13895. [also recorded as Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with CO Luper on board who became Prisoner of War). RENE III. (1,000th Douglas B-17, named after CO’s wife, Col Jim Luper).

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron
  • 750th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Blair Arsenault

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 457th Bomb Group
    26 Combat Missions (B-17's), 3 to Berlin, 1 to Dresden. Crash-landing 3 February 1945 in Langemark, Belgium. Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 42-38113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner...

  • Garland Frost

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW); did not crash near Bremen-error in MACR. POW

  • Ralph Gray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW); did not crash near Bremen-error in MACR. Was also on plane of 'Lady Be Good' as co-pilot, part...

  • Craig Greason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW); did not crash near Bremen-error in MACR. POW

  • Kenneth Haseltine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    26 combat missions (B-17's), 3 to Berlin, 1 to Dresden; crash-landed in Belgium 3 February 1945. Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW...

  • Rudolph Haumann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    26 combat missions (B-17's), 3 to Berlin, 1 to Dresden; crash-landed in Belgium 3 February 1945. Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW...

  • Ralph Ingraham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW); did not crash near Bremen-error in MACR. POW

  • Thomas Leahy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-17 #42102464. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Madigan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Bailed out over Ruhr around Essen, Germany, in B-17 #4238113 'Renne III' and taken prisoner 21 March 1945. All crew members were taken Prisoner of War (POW); did not crash near Bremen-error in MACR. POW

  • Glen Seeber

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Killed in Action.

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Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 01:38:59 mseeber99 Changes to unit associations
Sources

457th Bomb Group web site

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 01:37:34 mseeber99 Changes to nicknames
Sources

457th Bomb Group web site

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13895 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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