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42-97447

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/11/43; Kearney 2/12/43; Bangor 9/12/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-E] Horham 15/12/43; 9m Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44 with Henry Wilson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Kerestes, Radio Operator: Don Cowdery, Ball turret gunner: Mike Semerski, Waist gunner: Art Wardell, Waist gunner: Bill Jackson,Tail gunner: Harry Trouse (7 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Chas Prince, Navigator: Bob Sullivan, Bombardier: Earl Broxup (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Brandlecht, near Nordhorn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2547.

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

  • Earl Broxup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Cowdery

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Benson Edwards

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Geib

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Kerestes

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gene Munson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Charles Prince

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Semerski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO 17 November 1943
Assigned Horham Airfield, UK 15 December 1943

95BG
334BS

Crashed Brandlecht, Germany 10 February 1944 – 10 February 1944

Missing in Action Brunswick 10/2/44. Cause - enemy aircraft, crashed Brandlecht, near Nordhorn, Germany. (3 x POW, 7 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 2547.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2020 23:51:18 466thHistorian Changes to manufacturer, markings, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/crew/488

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2015 12:29:13 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2547 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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