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42-5801

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 10/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 31/3/43; Presque Is 14/4/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 22/4/43; 333BS Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Alconbury 28/7/43; Missing in Action Bochum (T/O), Ger 12/8/43 with Paul Casey, Co-pilot: George Kearin, Navigator: Luther Baker, Radio Operator: Dave Penley, Ball turret gunner: Tom Perkins, Waist gunner: Joe Soper, Waist gunner: Audrey Berry,Tail gunner: Elmer Ripley (8 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Chas Mayobailed out too low, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Edwards (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Phillipine, four miles W of Ternuezen, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report 656. FLAK HAPPY.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 333rd Bomb Squadron
  • 410th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Luther Baker

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Audrey Berry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • John Edwards

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 20+ x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C shot down, T/Sgt Edwards hit by 20mm shell from Fw190, in throat. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 656 Awards: PH.

  • George Kearin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Mayo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C Shot down, baled out and chute either didn't deploy correctly, else delayed opening of chute too long. Killed in Action (KIA...

  • David Penley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed, remained aboard as wounded. Wounded in Action (WIA) Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Perkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C hit by Fw190's, belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Died non Battle 6-Sep-45.

  • Elmer Ripley

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Soper

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA 1943

Built at Vega.

Delivered Long Beach AAF, CA 10 February 1943

Delivered Long Beach 10-Feb-43.

Assigned Earls Colne, UK 22 April 1943

Assigned 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Rougham, UK 13 June 1943

Transferred 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Alconbury, UK 28 July 1943

Transferred 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Phillipine, Holland 12 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany 12-Aug-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, belly landed Phillipine, 4 miles W of Ternuezen, Holland. 8 x POW, 2 x KIA MACR 656

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2019 14:13:15 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28600700
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5801-flak-happy/

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2019 10:32:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28600700

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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