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42-97129

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Kearney 12/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Presque 10/3/44; Assigned 367BS/306BG Thurleigh 12/3/44 SKIPPER; transferred 337BS/96BG [AW-B] Snetterton 13/3/44; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Pilot: Van Hixon, Co-pilot: Malcolm Daniels, Navigator: Harry Morrison, Bombardier: Don Griffin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alfred D'Alessandris, Radio Operator: Bill Vanderpool, Ball turret gunner: Harry Schell, Waist gunner: Bob Johnson, Waist gunner: Jack Owens,Tail gunner: Theo Kindsvater (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Stutebuell, two miles NW Kappeln, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3816.

Service

Units

People

  • Alfred D'Alessandris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97129. His B-17 was shot down at Stutebuell, 3 kms north west of Kappeln, near Schleswig, near the German/Denmark border at 2.15pm. ...

  • Malcolm Daniels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97129, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Don Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group

  • Van Hixon

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 in Denmark after being attacked by FW-190's. All were Prisoner of War (POW)s. #4297129. POW

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297129. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Theodore Kindsvater

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297129. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag 17B POW

  • Harold Morrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297129. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Owens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97129, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Schell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297129. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Vanderpool

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97129, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Denmark 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2017 22:26:48 rboczon Changes to description
Sources

rboczon

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2017 22:13:04 rboczon Changes to description
Sources

rboczon

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3816 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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