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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6 June 1944; Kearney 16 June 1944; Grenier 30 June 1944; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-G] Sudbury 2 July 1944; 36 missions flown. Missing in Action Merseburg 6 December 1944. Pilot : Bruce C. Alexander; Co-Pilot Charles B. Bryson; Navigator Roy J. Sykora; Bombardier Walter C. Hummel; Engineer / Top Turret Gunner Roy L. Henry; Radio Operator Robert C. Cooke; Ball Turret Gunner Isadore Wolstein; Waist Gunner Dwight K. Shurtleff; Tail Gunner Chester Zolynski (9 Killed in Action). Flak, crashed Ijmuiden, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11048. THE LAST ROUNDUP.



  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron


  • Bruce Alexander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Bruce Alexander’s father died in 1931 and his mother Edith raised alone his other siblings, brother Paul J. and sister Phyllis. In 1940, Bruce was working as a clerk in a grocery store. He attended Anaheim High School and studied 4 years there. He was...

  • Charles Bryson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Charles Bryson was assigned to the 486th Bomb Group / 833rd Bomb Squadron. He was Co-Pilot on his first mission, on B-17 “The Last Roundup” # 43-37927 on the 6 December 1944 raid to Merseburg, Germany. The B-17 was hit by Flak and crashed near Ijmuiden...

  • Robert Cooke

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Roy Henry

    Military | Corporal | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Walt Hummel

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed t Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Dwight Shurtleff

    Military | Corporal | Right Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #4337927

  • Roy Sykora

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group
    Roy Sykora grew up in Melrose Park and attended the Proviso High School there, playing on the school’s Varsity Letter Hillside football team. After completing his studies, he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps. He was in the Montana State...

  • Isadore Wolstein

    Military | Corporal | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action at Ijmuiden in B-17 43-37927.

  • Chester Zolynski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Alexander crew. Killed in Action (KIA) at Ijmuiden in B-17 #43-37927. Still listed as Missing In Action (MIA)


  • 741

    6 December 1944


  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) IJmuiden, The Netherlands 6 December 1944

Hit by Flak. Crashed between wavebreakers on the shores of Ijmuiden, The Netherlands.


Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 07:21:29 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 11048
Corrections in spelling of some crew member names

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11048 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database