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42-39816

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 8/9/43; Scott 29/9/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 14/10/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Gilford Pierce, Co-pilot: Walt Cookin, Navigator: Murray Bader, Bombardier: Warren Mullins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Heilman, Radio Operator: Francis Driscoll, Ball turret gunner: Olen McCormick, Waist gunner: Edwin Mydlencki,Tail gunner: Jim Brady (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Gerald Norman (POW-picked up by French fishermen but captured when boat entered harbour); enemy aircraft, crashed Bay of Biscay. Missing Air Crew Report 2013.

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People

  • Murray Bader

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Brady

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Walter Cookin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Downed by enemy fighters and crashed in Bay of Biscay 5 Jan 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Olen Cormick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Francis Driscoll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Walter Gookin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Ray Heilman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Heilmann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Olen McCormick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

  • Warren Mullins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-39816. Plane crashed into Bay of Biscay. KIA. Still Listed as Missing In Action (MIA)-Unrecoverable.

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Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 5 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2019 01:56:06 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2015 22:24:16 dixierain Changes to nicknames
Sources

Newspaper clipping, family information

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 21:47:37 dixierain Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR 2013

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 21:45:35 dixierain Changes to description and person associations
Sources

MACR 2013

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2013 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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