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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/4/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG Glatton 1/6/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 29/6/44 with Alby Gumulauskas, Co-pilot: Bill Neidhardt, Navigator: Harry Will, n/g-S/Sgt Enos Bleacher, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Beatty, Radio Operator: Ralph DeLeonardis, Ball turret gunner: Lou Beske, Waist gunner: Chas Campbell,Tail gunner: Joy Stacy (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Meilendorf, five miles SE of Kothen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 6724.



  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...


  • Paul Beatty

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Enos Bleacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted | 457th Bomb Group

  • Charles Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Albert Gumuslauskas

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group

  • Ralph Leonardis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group

  • William Neidhardt

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 6/29/44 in B-17 "Evenin' Folks! How Y'All" near Gross Muehlingen, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Joy Stacy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Harry Will

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Gross Muehlingen in B-17 #42-97562 "Evenin' Folks! How Y'All", Prisoner of War (POW).


  • 447

    29 June 1944


  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 June 1944


Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 09:55:04 ED-BB Changes to mission associations

Connection to mission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:21 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6724 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database