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42-6037

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30 June 1943; Amarillo 3 July 1943; Love Field 9 August 1943; Dallas 10 August 1943. Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-P] Rougham 9 October 1943.

Missing in Action Cognac 31 December 1943 with Pilot Stanley D. Wainwright, Navigator Norbert A. Lorentz Jr, Ball turret gunner John Silvia, Right Waist gunner Paul F. Schatzau (4 Prisoners of War).

7 were Killed In Action (KIA) : Co-pilot John J. Bickley, Bombardier Edward W. Allard, Flight engineer/top turret gunner Arthur C. Mahy Jr, Radio Operator Paul M. McGill, Left Waist gunner Arthur M. Dauenhauer, Tail gunner Henry O. Richard, Radar Observer Sgt Henry J. Patterson (whose body was not recovered and who is still listed as MIA.)

Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed near Cognac, France. The aircraft suffered 5 direct hits over the target. One shell exploded back of the tail wheel and knocked out the control cables. The ship went into a diving turn and was attacked by some enemy aircraft. With engine #3 out, the Fortress was last seen in the target area, spinning around, going down, then bursting into flames. Seven parachutes were seen. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 1755 (which erroneously lists the aircraft's serial Number as 42-26037.)

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Edward Allard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Bickley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Dauenhauer

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Norbert Lorentz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #42-6037. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Arthur Mahy

    Military | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul McGill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Patterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radar Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Crashed near Royan. Patterson's body was never recovered and he is listed on the Wall of the Missing at Rhone American Cemetery.

  • Henry Richard

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Schatzau

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Silvia

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #426037. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) La Clisse, France 31 December 1943

Hit by Flak, crashed near Cognac, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2016 20:55:03 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 1755

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1755 / MACR 1775 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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