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42-5909

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 6/5/43; Dow Fd 3/6/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG with H2S radar scanner, [PC-N] Alconbury 26/6/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 4/2/44 with Com. P-Major Lloyd Sheppard (447BG), c-Capt Lyman Collins, Co-pilot: Jerome Peyser, Navigator: Capt Earl Ellis, Navigator: Bill Hoffman (447BG), Bombardier: Fred Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Trauman, Radio Operator: Art Lombardo, Ball turret gunner: Gene Baillie, Waist gunner: Bob Barnes, Waist gunner: Bill Altekruse (11 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Lt Bill Kalman (Prisoner of War). Flak hit exploded ship in mid-air, crashed Gleuel-Bachem, eight miles SW of Cologne, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3361 & 2511.

Service

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron
  • 813th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Altekruse

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Baillie

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Barnes

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Fred Bell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lyman Collins

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Earl Ellis

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Hoffman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 813BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4-Feb-44 in B-17F 42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3361 / 2511.

  • William Kalman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 February 1944 in B-17 42-5909. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Lombardo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jerome Peyser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and exploded in mid-air on a mission to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-5909. Killed in Action (KIA).

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 4 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 18:42:33 Lucy May Changes to person associations
Sources

12-man crew. William Kalman was the only survivor. See thread on Army Air Forces forum: http://forum.armyairforces.com/Information-on-B17-425909-MACR-3361-m2208...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2511 / MACR 2968 / MACR 3199 / MACR 3361 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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