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43-37767

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Patterson 26/6/44; Kearney 26/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 8/7/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 2/3/45 with Benton Gatch, Co-pilot: John Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Brown, Bombardier: John Ozier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Gearhart, Radio Operator: Loyal Bright, Ball turret gunner: Bob Bashaw, Waist gunner: Ken Bonsecours, Tail gunner: Bill Gorsuch (9 Killed in Action); mid air coll with #44-8697 (96BG); ditched North Sea, 10 miles S of Southwold, Sfk; Missing Air Crew Report 12848 (6?). MY IDEAL.

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Aircraft

  • 44-8697

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 30/11/44; Dow Fd 10/12/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ- ] Snetterton 12/12/44; Missing in Action Dresden 2/3/45 with Herb Stillwell, Co-pilot: Lloyd Snyder, Navigator: Arnold Schulke, Bombardier: Joel Nussenoff, Flight engineer/top turret...

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Units

People

  • George Bachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B17 Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Parents: George and Pauline (Matthias) Bachman they were married in March 1911 ...

  • Robert Bashaw

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'My Ideal' #43-37767

  • Clark Benington

    Military | B-17 Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Bonsecours

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'My Ideal' #43-37767

  • Loyal Bright

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'My Ideal' #43-37767

  • Emmett Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'My Ideal' #43-37767

  • Benton Gatch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA. Crashed into channel in B-17 'My Idea' 43-37767. The leader of the low section was Lt. Gatch. Lt Marty Clayman, eyewitness, said" I glanced down and noticed the number 6 man was dangerously close to us. I took the controls and pu

  • Roy Gearhart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • William Gorsuch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed into channel in B-17 'My Ideal' #43-37767

  • John Kennedy

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA crashed into channel in B-17 'My Ideal' #43-37767

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Places

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 2 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2020 21:25:07 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 22:43:31 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2019 05:03:21 JohnnyMac Changes to nicknames
Sources

Dave Osborn's Fort Log - and my father flew on it.

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2019 17:19:49 kcrichton23 Changes to nicknames
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granddaughter of Clark H Benington

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2019 17:17:12 kcrichton23 Changes to nicknames
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granddaughter of Clark H Benington

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2019 17:14:59 kcrichton23 Changes to person associations
Sources

Clark H Benington -- 339th Bombardment Squadron Loading List, 26 Aug 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12848 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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