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42-38169

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/1/44; Kearney 14/1/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-B] Rougham 5/2/44; then 410BG [GL-B]; Missing in Action Berlin 4/3/44 with Delmar Pollack, Radio Operator: Gerald Silver, Ball turret gunner: Bill Grocke, Waist gunner: Bill Irwin, Tail gunner: Jay Summers (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Warren Vaneschen, Navigator: Bernie Zak, Bombardier: Ralph Candiotti, Waist gunner: Walt Stevenson (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Kirker (evaded capture); battle damaged, caught fire, crashed Calais area, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 2998.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Ralph Candiotti

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down probably by flak on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31169 'Hey Mabel!'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • William Grocke

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    According to MACR 2998, Grocke was a Ball Turret Gunner on 42-38169. There was a fire in the radio compartment of the aircraft, reason unknown. The Pilot peeled out of formation, the aircraft went into a spin, and crashed. 5 KIA

  • William Irvin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down probably by flak on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31169 'Hey Mabel!'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Kenneth Kirker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down probably by flak on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-38169 "Nobody's Fool", Evaded (EVD). ...

  • Delmar Pollock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    On March 4, 1944, Delmar Pollock was the Pilot of B-17 tail #42-38169 of the 94th Bomb Group, 331st Bomb Squadron, when, probably hit by Flak, it went down over St. Omer, France on a mission to Berlin on 4 March 1944 (The Fortress is also wrongly...

  • Gerald Silver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down probably by flak on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31169 'Hey Mabel!'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Walter Stevenson

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down probably by flak on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31169 'Hey Mabel!'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Jay Summers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down probably by flak on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31169 'Hey Mabel!'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Warren Van Eschen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    2ND LIEUTENANT. SERVED AS CO-PILOT OF B-17 SERIAL NUMBER #42-38169, QE-K 'NOBODY'S FOOL' 94TH BOMB GROUP, 331ST BOMB SQUADRON. SHOT DOWN MARCH 4, 1944 ON MISSION TO BERLIN. SPENT THE REST OF THE WAR IN STALAG LUFT 3.

  • Bennie Zak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Navigator of B-17 42-38169 of the 94th Bomb Group, 331st Bomb Squadron, when, probably hit by Flak, it went down over St. Omer, France on a mission to Berlin on 4 March 1944 ...

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 00:44:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 12:48:23 usxpat Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques
MACR 2998, accessed at Fold3

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 12:47:16 usxpat Changes to nicknames
Sources

Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques
MACR

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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