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42-97739

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/2/44; 1SAG Langley 8/4/44; Morrison 26/4/44; Assigned (PFF) 49BS/2BG Amendola 7/5/44; transferred to 20BS; Missing in Action Regensburg 9/12/44 with Woodruff Warren, Co-pilot: Don Hart, Navigator: George Mayottm/op, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Jolly, Radio Operator: Frank Pinto, Waist gunner: Joe Cox (6 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Burke Jay, Ball turret gunner: Warren Anderson, Waist gunner: Ralph Henry,Tail gunner: Ben Sheppard (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Alps, near Linz, Austria; Missing Air Crew Report 10131.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 20th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-17 42-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10139 ...

  • Joseph Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-1742-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Captured and executed en route to Kaplitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10139 ...

  • Donald Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-1742-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Captured and executed en route to Kaplitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10139 ...

  • Ralph Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-17 42-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10139 ...

  • Burke Jay

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-17 42-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10139 ...

  • William Jolly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-1742-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Captured and executed en route to Kaplitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10139 ...

  • George Mayott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Mickey Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-1742-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Captured and executed en route to Kaplitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10139 ...

  • Frank Pinto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-1742-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Captured and executed en route to Kaplitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10139 ...

  • Benjamin Sheppard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-17 42-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Baled out and captured. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 10139 ...

  • Woodruff Warren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 20BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech in B-1742-97739 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. Captured and executed en route to Kaplitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10139 ...

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA 1944

Built at Vega, Burbank, CA.

Delivered Denver AAF, CO 11 February 1944

Delivered Denver AAF 11-Feb-44.

Assigned Amendola, Italy 7 May 1944

Assigned 49BS, 2BG, 15AF 7-May-44; transferred to 20BS.

Crashed Linz, Austria 9 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Pilsen, Czech with Warren crew 9-Dec-44; Hit by flak, lost 2 x engines, partial crew bale-out, crash landed near Linz, Austria. 4 x POW, 6 x KIA MACR 10139

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2019 22:20:46 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28718991
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-97739/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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