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42-39811

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 8/9/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-C] Chelveston 17/10/43; then to 422NLS [JJ-E] 23/5/44; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham. Missing in Action French leaflet drop 6 July 1944, with Pilot James R. Brown, Co-pilot John H. Mann, Navigator Carlisle W. Limehouse, Flight Engineer/Top Turret gunner William D. Harris, Radio Operator Stivers L. Lee, Ball turret gunner John H. McNamara, Left Waist gunner Ralph M. Tyne, Right Waist gunner Norman (NMI) Hollander, Tail gunner George A. Jellison (9 Prisoner of War). Bombardier Roger C. Keedwell (KIA – chute failed to open). The Fortress caught fire over Rotterdam, crashed Overschie, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 6988.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 838th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    James R. Brown was Pilot of B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Initially evaded, helped by members of the...

  • William Harris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    William Harris was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Norman Hollander

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Norman Hollander Right Waist gunneron B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. He was credited with downing 1 JU-88 or Me-210 during the mission, before his Fortress crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam,...

  • George Jellison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    George Jellison was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Roger Keedwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Roger Keedwell was Bombardier on B-17 42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Bailed out, but his parachute failed...

  • Stivers Lee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Stivers Lee was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Carlisle Limehouse

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Carlisle Limehouse was Navigator on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Managed to evade shortly, but was...

  • John Mann

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    John Mann was Co-Pilot on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Initially evaded, helped by members of the...

  • Patrick McHugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | B-17 Gunner Left Waist & Tail | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 Missions (Dec 1943 - July 1944) ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John McNamara

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    John McNamara was Ball Turret gunner on B-17 #42-39811, shot down on a night leaflet operation to France, 5-6 July 1944. Crashed near Overschie, a suburb of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report – MACR 6988. Initially evaded, helped by...

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Missions

  • 455

    6 July 1944

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Overschie, near Rotterdam, The Netherlands 6 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 13:53:47 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

MACR 6988

Date Contributor Update
07 July 2020 15:07:06 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6988

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6988 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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