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42-5732

B-17 Flying Fortress

(YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 29/10/42; Biggs 15/3/43; Orlando 29/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43 Assigned Keck Prov BG; Assigned 327BS/92BG Alconbury, t/o Goose Bay for Meeks Fd, where pilot found poor weather and decided to press on for UK, and low on gas, crash landed Brenish, Isle of Lewis, UK 7/5/43; Salvaged & taken to Stornaway; with Paul Casey, Co-pilot: Don Weir, Navigator: Jim Combest, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grover Groff, g-Henry Finagar, Karl Waldoogal (6 Returned to Duty); Returned to the USA 28/3/44; 3036 BU Yuma 4/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 18/5/45. THE MUGGER.

Service

People

  • Paul Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29981 Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. 26-Jul-43. RTD Pilot of B-17 42-5801, lost on the Bochum mission, 12-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Combest

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 407BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Took off from Goose Bay in YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel....

  • Henery Finagar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Co-Pilot, Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    May 7, 1943, took off from Goose Bay in ac YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel. Pilot made a crash...

  • Grover Groff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4230081 'USS Aliquippa. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B. . Earlier on May 7, 1943, took off from Goose Bay in ac YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming...

  • Karl Waldvogel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Took off from Goose Bay in YB-40 42-5732 en route to Meeks Field, Iceland but there was a severe storm in that area. Aiming toward an alternate base while dealing with the storm, the plane was running out of fuel. Pilot made a crash landing at Brenish...

  • Donald Weir

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA 1942

Built at Vega.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 29 October 1942

Delivered Tulsa AAF 29-Oct-42.

Crashed Brenish, Isle of Lewis 7 May 1943

Ferrying from Goose Bay in poor weather, decided to press on for UK, and low on fuel, crash landed Brenish, Isle of Lewis, UK 7-May-43. 6 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2019 22:16:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events and person associations
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_1.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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