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42-97339

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/2/44; Hunter 9/3/44; Dow Fd 10/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-Y] Nuthampstead 5/5/44; (4m) Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 1st in group with Ira O'Neil, Co-pilot: Roger Corner, Bombardier: Merritt Deuel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale Schapp, Ball turret gunner: Joe Barzano, Waist gunner: Fred Cone, Waist gunner: Gerald Farren,Tail gunner: Bob Jenkins (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Howard Baer, Radio Operator: George Graham (2 Prisoner of War); hit by flak and wreckage from aircraft above, crashed Alt-Rüdnitz (in marsh) (now Stara Rudnica, Poland), near Bad Freienewalde, 10 miles NE of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4937.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Howard Baer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 Berlin 42-97339. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joseph Barzano

    Military | Private First Class | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Roger Comer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Frederick Cone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 Berlin in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Merritt Deuel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Gerald Farren

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • George Graham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    4 missions, shot down over Berlin 5/19/44, 2 survivors (navigator and myself), Prisoner of War (POW) 12 mos. in Stalag Luft IV and VII, freed 4/29/45. 1st aircraft lost in group. Overseas only 3 weeks, injured and hospitalized in Herman Goerring...

  • George Grama

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action (MIA) 19 May 1944 over Berlin

  • Robert Jenkins

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ira O'Neal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 May 1944 in B-17 42-97339. Killed in Action (KIA). Berlin mission PH

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Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 19 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2018 11:42:18 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

from pre-WWII maps

From MACR information

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4937 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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