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49th Bomb Squadron

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  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

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    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...

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  • John Bacsu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. On mission to Sofia 24-Jan-44, ditched off Civitanova in B-17 42-29645, 15 miles east of Bari RTD. 37 missions. Shot down on mission to Steyr, Austria in B-17 42-29638. Baled out Salzburg, Austria Prisoner Of War (POW...

  • Harold Barth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Case

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Devlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Durtschi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dwight Hastings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • DeLos Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF. On mission to Sofia 24-Jan-44, ditched off Civitanova in B-17 42-29645, 15 miles east of Bari RTD.

  • Joseph Jordan

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group

  • Julius Karp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer/top turret gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470. Awards: SS, BS, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Kidney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Blechhammer in B-17 44-6176 A/C flak hit #2 engine, crashed Mechnitz. Baled out and shot from ground whilst descending in parachute Killed in Action (KIA) 7-Aug-44. MACR 7470 Awards: AM, PH.

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Aircraft

  • 36-149

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    The initial flight of the aircraft took place on 2-Dec-36, but with Stan Umstead, five days later nosed over during landed but was not too badly damaged. Delivered 49BS/2BG Langley 1-Mar-37; 4000 Base Unit Wright Fd 1938; transferred 19BG March Fd, Oct...

  • 36-151

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 49BS/2BG Langley 28-Mar-37; transferred 20BS; took part in goodwill trip to South America 1938; transferred 19BG March Field Oct-40; Amarillo 21-Nov-42; 64 flights; Written off 15-Jan-43 after surviving a spin. [aircraft No. 80]. Never saw...

  • 42-102830 Flying Latrine

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/4/44; Hunter 25/4/44; Dow Fd 15/5/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 22/5/44; 49m Salvaged 2/12/44.

  • 42-38143

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/43; Savannah 17/1/44; Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 9/3/44; loaned to 49BS/2BG Amendola, Missing in Action 19/3/44 with 97BG on familiarisation mission with Keith Chambers, Co-pilot: Melvin Wagner, Navigator: Harry Wolquitt[463BG...

  • 42-39999 Bataan Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; ...

  • 42-5397

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/42; New Castle 15/12/42; Assigned 352BS/301BG Biskra 9/1/43; Ain M'Lila 17/1/43; St Donat 6/3/43; Oudna 6/8/43; 61 missions ...

  • 42-97719 Goddess

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/2/44; 1SAG Langley 1/4/44; Morrison 7/5/44; Assigned (PFF) 49BS/2BG Amendola 8/5/44; transferred 774BS/463BG Celone; battle damaged Valence, Fr 15/8/44 with Seymour Florsheim; two engines shot out, another damaged, equipment...

  • 44-6176

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/5/44; Hunter 14/6/44; Grenier 23/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 4/7/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 7/8/44 with Dwight Hastings, Co-pilot: Ken Durtschi, Navigator: Jim Shaw, Bombardier: Dominic Siani, Flight...

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Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 11:04:30 Lucy May Changes to media associations
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