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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 29/2/42; West Palm Beach 7/1/43; Assigned 342BS/97BG Biskra 15/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 3/2/43;

This aircraft supposedly was lost on 17 April 1943 over Palermo. The crew consisting of Harold P Schirmer, William F Murray Jr, Arthur J Price, Vernon J Reed, Jack D Stout, Louie Rosetti, Charles H Starin, Howard Pollock, Clarence P Somers and John V Lyons were all killed in action in the incident. However this crew are also documented as being lost on the same date on B-17 42-2982



  • 42-2982

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered West Palm Beach 7/1/43; Assigned 342BS/97BG Chateau-du-Rhumel 3/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/9/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; ...

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    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

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Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 12:52:17 Emily Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, aircraft associations and unit associations

Associated units from description. Further information about the aircraft, including markings from and Joe Baugher

Amended description to reflect that it is not clear which aircraft William F Murray and his crew crashed on. According to a relative of Harold Schirmer on this page, and information on Find a Grave they flew this aircraft 52-5133, however they are listed on the Missing Air Crew Report for B-17 42-2982

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log