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Crew of B-17 42-38078 'Sweet Pea' pose after their narrow escape on 21-Sep-44.

L-R 2Lt Guy M Miller, 2Lt Thomas M Rybovich, 1Lt Theodore Davich, S/Sgt Robert R Mullen, T/Sgt Gerald E McGuire, Cpl William F Steuck.

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Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    Command
    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Theodore Davich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald McGuire

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top turret
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, A/C successfully landing, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Guy Miller

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. With co-pilots assistance and controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed...

  • Robert Mullen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier/Gunner
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage collapsing. RTD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Rybovich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Assisted pilot with controlling direction with engines alone, returned to base, successfully landing the A/C, its severed fuselage...

  • William Steuck

    Military | Corporal | Ball turret
    Assigned to 429BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On raid to Debrecen, Hungary A/C hit by direct hit and severely damaged 21-Sep-44. Trapped in his ball turret, was released by Sgt McGuire, later found that ball was 'hanging by a thread' after flak hit !! Returned...

Aircraft

  • 42-38078 Sweet Pea

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/12/43; Savannah 23/12/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG 7/1/44; 14m transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; severe battle damaged Debreczen 21/9/44 with Guy Miller, Co-pilot: Tom Rybovich, Navigator: Theo Davich, Bombardier: Bob Mullen, Flight...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 13:58:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.2ndbombgroup.org/DOL/Defenders%20of%20Liberty%2006%20-%20pg%2...

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