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42-97290

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 22/4/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 28/4/44; 23m Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Capt Bill Waltman, Co-pilot: Wayne McCallon, Navigator: Henry Robertson, Bombardier: Jim Fournier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale Grossman, Radio Operator: Harry Myers, Ball turret gunner: Russ Brainard, Waist gunner: Jim Coppage, Waist gunner: Winfred Wright, Tail gunner: Albt Faust (10 INT); suffered battle damage and crash landed Akesholm, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 4928. SMILIN' SANDY SANCHEZ. (Named after a so called tail gunner.)

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

  • Russell Brainard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez'. Crashed in Sweden. Interned. ...

  • James Coppage

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4297290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez. ' Crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Albert Faust

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez'. Crashed in Sweden, Interned (INT).

  • James Fournier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4297290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez. ' Crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Dale Grossman

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4297290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez. ' Crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Wayne McCallon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4297290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez. ' Crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Joseph Medzihrasky

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shortened his last name to "Medzi" after the war.

  • Harold Myers

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4297290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez. ' Crashed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Henry Robertson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 #4297290 'Smiling Sandy Sanchez. ' Crashed in Sweden. Interned.

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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....

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed ÅKESHOLM, 277 35 Kivik, Sweden 19 May 1944 – 19 May 1944

Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44. Suffered battle damage and crash landed Akesholm, Sweden. (10 x INT) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 4928.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 02:43:25 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2015 11:31:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4928 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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