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42-97856

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 1/5/44; 336BS [ET-R]; 18m, Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Jim Redin, Co-pilot: Jim Ward, Navigator: Bob Meinke, Bombardier: Bill Hearne, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Smith, Radio Operator: George Paolantonio, Ball turret gunner: Russ Loughner, Waist gunner: Bob Rozck, Waist gunner: John Reed,Tail gunner: Lloyd Iverson (10 Killed in Action); flak hit sent ship down which exploded, crashed Neubiburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7500.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Mark Gilles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator/SquadronCC | 95th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions between May 7, 1944 and September 3, 1944 ...

  • William Hearne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 34297856

  • Lloyd Iverson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 #4297856

  • Russell Loughner

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 #4297856

  • Robert Meinke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • George Paolantonio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 #42-97856, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Redin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 #4297856

  • John Reed

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 #4297856

  • Robert Rozek

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action. Shot down by flak and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 42-97856.

  • Richard Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Neubiberg in B-17 #4297856

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Missions

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

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
Crashed Neubiberg, Germany 12 July 1944 – 12 July 1944

Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44. Cause - The flak over the target was intense and accurate, and the tail section of the plane was hit so severely that it was seen breaking up, sending the plane into a steep, and fatal nose dive, as it
disappeared into the clouds, crashed Neubiburg, Germany. (10 x RTD) Missing Air Crew Report MACR7500.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 11:49:25 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=60446126

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7500 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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