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42-5877

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 12/4/43; Smoky Hill 23/4/43; Dow Fd 28/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG Andrews Fd 1/6/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action 22/6/43 with Harry Russell, Co-pilot: Purcell Rae, Navigator: Lou Chadwick, Bombardier: Sid Loveless, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Emelio Galli, Radio Operator: Bob Clark (KIA?), Ball turret gunner: Ed Kelso, Waist gunner: John McNew, Waist gunner: Alcario Lobato,Tail gunner: Sam Sacco (10 Prisoner of War); flak hit & crashed in polder Rietveld, near Schelluinen, Hol. No Missing Air Crew Report.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron
  • 96th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Louis Chadwick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425887. Result unknown.

  • Robert Clark

    Military | Sergeant | Administation Clerk | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425887. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Emillio Galli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425887. Result unknown.

  • Edward Kelso

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425887. Result unknown.

  • Alcario Lobato

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5887. POW, survived the war.

  • Sidney Loveless

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425877. Result unknown.

  • John McNew

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425887. Result unknown.

  • Purcell Rae

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 42-5887.

  • Harold Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425887. Plane abandoned by crew over Gorinchem, Holland. Crashed near Schelluinen. All crew members Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Sam Sacco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5887. Result unknown.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

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 16 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 22:12:14 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 29, 31, 293

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2017 03:36:59 mswoodworth Changes to description
Sources

no MACR http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_acgroup.php?acgroup_id=28

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1351 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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