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42-97451

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 19/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [N] Glatton 3/2/44; Missing in Action Gaggenau 10/9/44 with Harry Gay, Co-pilot: Earl Johnson, Navigator: Walter Sale*, Bombardier: Fabian Nordan*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arthur Beck, Radio Operator: Don Anderson, Ball turret gunner: Art Roundsville, Waist gunner: Harry Thortsen, Tail gunner: McDee Thomas (7 Returned to Duty); mid air coll with 42-97456, Gay was blinded by sun and pulled up and hit ‘456, but although damaged, Gay managed to return to base, minus Sale and Nordan* who bailed out, but RTD later; Salvaged 2 SAD 11/9/44. NANCY K.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-97456 Mighty Little John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/11/43; Salt Lake City 8/12/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 751BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Gaggenau 10/9/44 with Homer Passmore, Co-pilot: Gerald Esser, Bombardier: Milton Long, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

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Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 751st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 28 September 1944 in B-17 'Gini' #4337518 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Charles Beck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Dorstadt in B-17 'Gini' #4337518

  • Benjamin DeLoach

    Military | First Lieutenant | B17 Bomber Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Lt. Benjamin Hoyt DeLoach was born October 27, 1919, in Evans County, GA. to Willie F. and Elmine Callaway DeLoach. He flew 29 combat missions; 213 combat hours; in England from 10 June 1944-25 August 1944. After his tour of duty, he returned to the...

  • Harold Gay

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Dorstadt in B-17 'Gini' #4337518

  • Earl Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Dorstadt in B-17 'Gini' #4337518

  • Fabian Nordan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Dorstadt in B-17 'Gini' #43-37518, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Rounseville

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 28 September 1944 in B-17 #4337518 'Gini'

  • Walter Sale

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

  • McDee Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Dorstadt in B-17 'Gini' #4337518

  • Harry Thortsen

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 10 September 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15928 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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