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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 26/4/44; Langley 24/6/44; Dow Fd 15/7/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 16/7/44 HAP HAZARD; 336BS [OE-G]; 412BS [QW-Q]; with W. Hatheway, Navigator: Gene Petrocene (Killed in Action), obs-D.A. Pomeroy (Wounded in Action) and Xn-Alvin Kahnoskie (Wounded in Action), force landed Melsbroek, Bel. 28/9/44; with J. G. Wilson force landed RAF Woodbridge, Sfk 25/12/44; with G. L. Braund force landed RAF Manston, Kent 5/1/45 9 RTD; taxied into parked aircraft 42-31410 with John Durham 15/4/45; 49m, Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 29/11/45. TROUBLE BUGGY.



  • 42-31410 Berlin Bessie, I Dood It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/10/43; Kearney 13/11/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-G] Horham 1/1/44; flak damage Berlin 6/10/44 with Lester Lennox, Co-pilot: Bob McCoy (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Tate, Bombardier: Dick White, Flight engineer/top turret...

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  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb 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
  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • Gordon Braund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Durham

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Billy Ferguson

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Gene Grime

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Benjamin Hathaway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Hatheway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Alvin Kahnoski

    Military | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Wounded in action when 'Trouble Buggy' AC# 42-97992 was attacked by fighters on 28 September 1944 and landed at Brussels/Melsbrook, Belgium

  • Millard McGowan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Fred Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Mish

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

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  • 652

    28 September 1944


  • 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....


Event Location Date
Crashed Melsbroek, 1820 Steenokkerzeel, Belgium 28 September 1944

Force landed Melsbroek, Belgium 28/9/44. Navigator: Gene Petrocene (KIA), obs-D A PomeroyWIA and Xn-Alvin KahnoskieWIA. Pilot Lt W Hatheway.

Crashed Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK 25 December 1944

Force landed RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk 25/12/44. Pilot Lt J G Wilson.

Crashed Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 5 January 1945

Force landed RAF Manston, Kent 5/1/45. Pilot Lt Gordon L Braund. (9 x RTD).

Crashed Durham, County Durham, UK 15 April 1945

Taxied into parked aircraft 42-31410 with Pilot Lt John O Durham 15/4/45.

Returned Stateside Bradley Field, Salisbury, NC 28147, USA 24 June 1945

Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45. Sold for Scrap.


Date Contributor Update
09 June 2020 21:26:58 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added several spaces in the Description for readability.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:42:28 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 13:03:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

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

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