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42-97376

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 10/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-J] Horham 7/4/44 AUNT CALLIE'S BABY; on 5/9/44 with A.P. Salvia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J.S. Wood [wia]; detailed Merseburg 28/9/44 with J.C. Walter, (8 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Tom Sevald (Killed in Action); transferred 335BS [OE-H] 17/10/44; on 12/12/44 with D.V. Tregoning force landed RAF Woodbridge, all OK; on 3/3/45 with S.J. Tavis in mid air col with 42-102450 and force landed RAF Manston, all OK; 88m abandoned Goose Bay, Labrador, due to engine failure 26/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/12/45. LUCKY LADY aka SHE FOX.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-102450 'Paisano'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W. G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co...

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Units

  • 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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Felski

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

  • Mark Gilles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator/SquadronCC | 95th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions between May 7, 1944 and September 3, 1944 ...

  • Leonard McReynolds

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ...

  • Jack Noe

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Son of a Railroad man born in Pueblo, CO in 1920. After high school worked in steel mill and eventually joined the Army Air Corp hoping to become a pilot. Entered training at Randolph Field in Texas and was selected for Navigator training. Sent to...

  • Jammie Philpott

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Lieutenant General Jammie M. Philpott was vice commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany. ...

  • Anthony Salvia

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Tom Sevald

    Military | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    killed in action in plane #42-97376

  • Robert Shaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Stacy Tavis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Walter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions. Authored a book about his experiences: "MY WAR: The True Experiences of a U.S. Army Air Force Pilot in World War Two", published in 2004. ...

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Missions

  • 861

    3 March 1945

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Combat casualties 5 September 1944

Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J S Wood [WIA]. Pilot Lt A P Salvia.

Combat casualty Merseburg, Germany 28 September 1944

Detailed Merseburg 28/9/44. Co-pilot: Tom Sevald (Killed in Action); Pilot J C Walter. (8 x RTD).

Crashed Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK 12 December 1944

Force landed RAF Woodbridge. Pilot Lt D V Tregoning. 12-Dec-44. (9 x RTD)

Crashed Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 3 March 1945

Mid air collision with 42-102450 and force landed RAF Manston. Pilot Lt S J Tavis. (9 x RTD)

Abandoned Trans-Labrador Hwy, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P, Canada 26 June 1945

Abandoned Goose Bay, Labrador, due to engine failure 26-Jun-45.

Returned Stateside Bradley Field, Salisbury, NC 28147, USA 5 July 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley 5-Jul-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2022 18:27:16 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, events and unit associations
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2021 23:50:35 jpnoe72 Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

On this day, my father's second mission, he navigates for Pilot Stacy Tavis this time in the 335th BS flying to Brunswick. During the return, the "Paisano", aircraft number 42-102450, Pilot R. Duncan encounters turbulent prop wash and looses position in the flight, collides with "Aunt Callie's Baby" which had fallen back from it's proper position. The result of the collision is complete failure of the tail section of Paisano and severe damage to the trailing edge of Aunt Callie's Baby. All crew on Paisano were KIA. All crew on 42-102450 survived the emergency landing back in England. Lt. Stacy Tavis did not return to the cockpit following this mission. Aunt Callie's Baby is renamed Lucky Lady.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:40:54 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2015 13:49:05 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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