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42-39988

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 27/10/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 4/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with George Pond, Co-pilot: John Day, Navigator: Glenn Johnson, Bombardier: George Peters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morris Ring, Radio Operator: Fitzhugh Warren, Ball turret gunner: Bob Wilkins, Waist gunner: Dallas Farris, Waist gunner: Rowen Pollock,Tail gunner: Carl Vandewalker (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d three engines, crashed Beledorf, seven miles NE of Helmstedt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3430. LACE’S ACES aka THE IRON ASS.

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Units

People

  • John Day

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • D Farris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Haywood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by fighters on the return from a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944, B-17 42-31142 made a wheels up landing NE of Rethel, FR. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Glenn Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • G Peters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

  • Owen Pollack

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Pond

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Morris Ring

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Vandewalker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Fitzhugh Warren

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Apparently shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-39988 'Iron Ass' was believed to have crashed NE of Helmstedt, Gr after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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  • 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) Germany 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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