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42-97153

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Gr Island 7/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-E] Rougham 3/3/44 "DARLING DORIS"; 410BS [GL-X], 331BS [QE- ]. Mid-air collision with 42-31653 (94BG) on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany, with Charles V. Duda; Co-pilot: Norman J. Tipton; Navigator: Richard N. Bishop; Bombardier/Togglier John Caro; Flight engineer/Top Turret gunner: Edward R. Moore; Radio Operator: Joseph P. Cunneen; Ball Turret gunner: Walter N. Howard; Right Waist gunner: Thomas J. Kulak; Tail gunner: Thomas F. Mazurkiewicz (9 Killed in Action). #42-42-97153 broke in half at ball turret, crashed Schneudertrebnitz-Audigast, SW of Böhlen, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 8841. "DARING DORIS". (GL-X).
There is no confirmed connection to the nickname "Daring Doris". If it were so named, it would be later than the "Daring Doris" in the 8 March, 1944 photo of Bill Cely's crew on the occasion of Bill completing his 25th mission. The aircraft flown that day was 42-31637, an earlier, olive drab, Seattle-built G series.

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.

People

  • Richard Bishop

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris 42-42-97153 with 42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. 42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Caro

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Caro

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Cunneen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Cunneen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group

  • Charles Duda

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Kulak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Kulak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Mazurkiewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

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) Germany 11 September 1944

mid-air collision with #42-31653 in the area of Böhlen, Germany

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2020 12:36:22 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

"Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"
Completed crew members names - MACR 8841

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2019 15:51:47 Emily Changes to markings and description
Sources

Moved information from markings to description following association of media

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2019 01:58:47 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Expert photo analysis and mission records supplied by members from the 95th BG association members.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3862 / MACR 8841 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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