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42-97082

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque is 12/3/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG Rougham 16/3/44; 410BS; crashed on take off for Kaiserlauten 6/1/45 with Jack Collins, Navigator: Gordon Henry, tog-Clinton Hallman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Tate, Radio Operator: Ray Von Bokel (5 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Doran, Waist gunner: Cecil Schermerhorn, Ball turret gunner: Tony Carrico, Tail gunner: Nick Urda (4 RTD - wia); lost engine on take off and ploughed into woods at Moreton Hall, near Bury St Edmunds; three civilians were injured and exploding bombs damaged several homes; Salvaged. MISSION MISTRESS.

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...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Ony Carrico

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    RTD On 1/6/45 Plane #42-97082 crashed on take off due to engine failure and went down at Mt Farm England

  • Jack Collins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    KIS Plane #42-97082 'Mission Mistress' crashed due to engine failure at Mount Farm England

  • Robert Doran

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    RTD when Plane #42-97082 'Mission Mistress' crashed due to engine failure at Mount Farm England January 6, 1945.

  • Manuel Grant

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Successfully returned badly shot up plane AC# 42-97082 on June 25, 1944. Then June 27, 1944, with 2 engines out and airframe cracking on the 'Mission Mistress' excess equipment was jettisoned by the crew to attempt to land in one of the newly built...

  • Clinton Hallman

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    KIS -- Plane lost engine on take off with full bomb load; pilot tried to jettison bombs only 1 bomb was dropped; plane crashed at Mount Farm not far from base. 5 of crew killed Plane #42-97082 'Mission Mistress'. KIS ...

  • Gordon Henry

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    KIS - Plane #42-97082 'Mission Mistress' had engine failure on take off and crashed at Mount Farm England

  • Norman Ratliff

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Successfully returned badly shot up plane A/C #42-97082 on June 25, 1944. Then June 27, 1944, with 2 engines out and airframe cracking on the 'Mission Mistress' excess equipment was jettisoned by the crew to attempt to land in one of the newly built...

  • Cecil Schermerhorn

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    RTD in 'Mission Mistess' plane #42-97082 which crashed due to engine failure at Mount Farm England 1/6/45

  • James Tate

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    KIS - Plane #42-97082 'Mission Mistress' developed engine failure and crashed on take off at Mount Farm England

  • Nicholas Urda

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    RTD - Plane #42-97082 'Mission Mistress' had engine failure on take off and crashed at Mt Farm England on 1/6/45

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Mount Rd, Bury Saint Edmunds IP32, UK 4 January 1945

Crashed on takeoff, in woods at Moreton Hall, near Bury St Edmunds.

Manufactured

With regards to the crew details already added, Cecil H. Schermerhorn was the Tail Gunner and Nicholas A. Urda was the Waist Gunner when 'Mission Mistress' crashed during take-off on the 6th January 1945. The Ball Turret Gunner's correct name at this time was Ony M. Carrico. Details have come from contact with surviving crewmembers, relatives of the crew and official USAAF Records.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2021 01:08:04 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
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Freeman, R; ...STORY

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 04:24:41 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added 2 spaces to the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2015 14:14:42 usxpat Changes to place associations
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Rougham Control Tower memorial plaques

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2015 13:00:11 usxpat Changes to nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
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Rougham Control Tower Museum memorial plaques

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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