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42-97691

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 28/1/44; 1SAG Langley 11/3/44; Dow Fd 17/5/44; Assigned 803BS/305BG RCM Chelveston 19/5/44; transferred 384BG Grafton Underwood 1/8/44; transferred 427BS/303BG [GN-Y] Molesworth 4/8/44; sent to 803BS Alconbury for installation of Mandrel RCM equipment; Missing in Action Misburg 26/11/44 with Capt Dick Healy, W. Walstein, Joe Robertson, Phil Smith, Bill Mylan Ex nav (5 Returned to Duty); Norman Stuart, Ramon Sooner, Paul Sandhagen (3 Killed in Action); Ray Leal, Vincent Deliso (2 Prisoner of War); force landed continent, Salvaged 29/12/44; Missing Air Crew Report 11193.

Service

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Efrom Adelman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - MOS 1034 | 384th Bomb Group
    After completing his combat tour, Adelman returned to the United States, remaining in the Army. He died in an air accident in Alabama on 31 March 1945. ...

  • Vincent De Liso

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x missions. Failed to Return (FTR) , mission to Altenbecken, flying as tail gunner aboard 42-97691 Prisoner of War (POW). 26-Nov-44. MACR 11193. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Healy

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    RTD

  • Joseph Kiely

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions. End Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Kopriva

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Leal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Mylan

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    RTD

  • Joseph Robertson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    RTD

  • Paul Sandhagen

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    After completing their bomb run at Osnabruk, the B-17G s/n 42-97691 (no name) took a direct flak shell hit blowing the nose off and killing the two navigators and bombardier. Fearing he would not be able to control the aircraft, Capt. Healy (P) ordered...

  • Phillip Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    RTD

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11193 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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