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42-97399

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-H] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; (30m) Missing in Action Brettevillet 8/8/44 with Capt John Baker, Co-pilot: Dick Osteen, Bombardier: John Kressenberg, Radio Operator: Roy Johnson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Wilson, Waist gunner: Mike Romano,Tail gunner: Len Harrison (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Selby Hereid, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jerome Fields (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Le Hamel, NE of Vire, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 7383.

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

  • John Baker

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Falaise in B-17 #4297399

  • Jerome Fields

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Falaise on 8/8/44 in B-17 #4297399 POW

  • Leonard Harrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Falaise in B-17 #4297399

  • Selby Hereid

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Falaise on 8/8/44 in B-17 #4297399 POW

  • Roy Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Falaise in B-17 #4297399

  • John Kressenberg

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Falaise in B-17 #4297399

  • Richard Osteen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Falaise in B-17 #42-97399, Killed in Action (KIA). USAAF mission 531, 398th BG mission 64, 8 Aug 1944. 681 B-17s and 100 P-51s from numerous bases scattered about England were 'dispatched to bomb enemy troop concentrations and strong...

  • Michael Romano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Falaise in B-17 #4297399

  • William Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Falaise in B17 #4297399

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) France 8 August 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7383 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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