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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-S] Nuthampstead 3/5/44; with Shimek force landed continent on 8/1/45 and after repairs re-ass 2/3/45; (61m) Missing in Action Kassel 9/3/45 with Willard Jacobs, Bombardier: Percy Paget, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Forest Smith, Radio Operator: John Lamar, Ball turret gunner: Bill Motter, Waist gunner: Geronimo Terres,Tail gunner: Carl Poston (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Henry Hardenberg (evaded capture); Navigator: Gene Clinesmith (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Fritzlar, SW of Kassel, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 12962.



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron


  • Gene Clinesmith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Fritzlar in B-17 #4297810

  • Henry Hardenburg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Captured, Injured. Crashed near Fritzlar on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 #4297810

  • Willard Jacobs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Fritzlar in B-17 #42-97810 on 9 Mar 45, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Lamar

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group

  • William Motter

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Fritzlar on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 #4297810

  • Percy Paget

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 398th Bomb Group
    One mission as tail gunner; wounded. Twenty-eight missions as Bombardier. Shot down on 29th mission over Kassel, Germany. Prisoner of War for 60 days. Lost 35 pounds. B-17 42-97810. ...

  • Carl Poston

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Fritzlar on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 #4297810

  • Forest Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Fritzlar 9 March 1945 in B-17 #42-97810. Was Prisoner of War (POW) at Moosberg, Ger.

  • Geronimo Terres

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Fritzlar on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 42-97810, Prisoner of War (POW).


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 March 1945


Date Contributor Update
23 December 2019 12:55:43 phil marchese Changes to production block number and manufacturer

Corrected manf'er

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2016 10:49:38 emma simpson Changes to place associations

398th Bomb Group Collection via Nuthampstead Airfield Museum.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12962 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database