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42-97215

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 12/3/44; on practice mission 20/11/44 with Stew Reed, Co-pilot: Harold Rensch, Navigator: Tony Marnik, Radio Operator: Bill Raab, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Carrier, 5RTD OK when u/c collapsed; 80m, Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44 with Stewart Reed, Co-pilot: Harold Rensch, Bombardier: Chad Doughty, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Raab, Radio Operator: George Carrier (5 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Tony Marnik, Waist gunner: Morgan Heafey, Waist gunner: Dick Saafield, Tail gunner: Hyman Spencer (4 Killed in Action); crashed Wesermunde, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11368.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Boudon

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Carrier

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297215

  • Charles Doughty

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #4297215

  • Edward Felski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Floyd Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Morgan Heafey

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wesermunde in B-17 #4297215

  • Lawrence Kaplan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Marnik

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Wesermunde in B-17 #4297215

  • Weldon Martz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Raab

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Wesermunde on 31 Dec 44 in B-17 #42-97215, Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 20 November 1944

Crash landing when u/c collapsed Horham/Sta 119 Cat 3 damage pilot Lt Harold J Rensch, 20-11-44.

Crashed Bremerhaven Gymnasium Wesermünde, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany 31 December 1944 – 31 December 1944

Missing in Action Hamburg 31/12/44. Crashed Wesermunde, Germany. (5 x POW, 4 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report 11368.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2020 19:46:19 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2018 19:17:23 Drensch3 Changes to description
Sources

Correct Harry Rensch to Harold Rensch and Tony Mamik to Tony Marnik.

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 20:21:41 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-97215

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11368 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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