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42-97403

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/2/44; Kearney 16/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-U] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Milton Fancher, Co-pilot: Olin Kuhn, Navigator: Sam Archer, Bombardier: Clifton Dover, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Mathis, Radio Operator: Gerald Amon, Waist gunner: Cecil Ruder (7 Killed in Action); Ball turret gunner: Jim Young, Waist gunner: George Parkinson,Tail gunner: Leon Greco (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Hiddesdorf, six miles W of Verden, 19 miles SE of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4570.

Service

Units

People

  • Gerald Amon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group

  • Samuel Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4297403. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Vernon Bohn

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 7

  • Clifton Dover

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4297403. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Milton Fancher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97403. Downed by enemy fighters and crashed at Hiddestorf, west of Verden, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Leon Greco

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4297403. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Olin Kuhn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4297403. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Edward Mathis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4297403. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • George Parkinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 42-97403, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cecil Ruder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #4297403. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

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Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 May 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4570 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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