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43-37942

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-J] Sudbury 2/7/44; force landed Woodbridge EMG with Merle Dibble 3/1/45, crew OK; detailed Mainz 27/9/44 with George Goodman, Co-pilot: Fred Stehle, drn-Bill Winship, Bombardier: Ed Borger, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Columbus Ford, Radio Operator: Bob Rock, Ball turret gunner: J.L. Raterman, Waist gunner: J.E. MavDonald, Tail gunner: D.E. Rantschler (9 Returned to Duty); slight collision with #43-38005, the bail out order given, four did and landed near Ipswch, Sfk, aircraft proved to be slightly damaged and returned to base after jettisoning bombs in North Sea. (One record has this aircraft 52 m Missing in Action Grafenwohr 8/4/45 with Bill Wood, Chas Strong (2 Killed in Action); Walt Doerschlag Wounded in Action, Dick Witt, Bill Martin, Bill Rosoe, Harry Parmley, Horace Houd, Jack Marlar (7 Prisoner of War); flak hit #3 engine which caught fire, then went into spin, lost a wing then exploded, crashed Rehau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13739. FLIPPY aka THE BLUE FAIRY).

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Aircraft

  • 43-38005

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/6/44; Kearney 26/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 832BS/486BG [3R-M] Sudbury 11/7/44; `15m` during assembly for Ludwigshafen 27/9/44 with Leslie Hull, Co-pilot: Bill Roberts, drn-Murray Hunter, Bombardier: John Hardy, Flight engineer...

Units

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 832nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Borger

    Military | Bombardier | 486th Bomb Group

  • Walter Doerschlag

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 486th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Rehau on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 43-37942, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Columbus Ford

    Military | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Roy Frawley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • Horace Houd

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rehau on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 #4337942

  • Jack Marlar

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rehau on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 #4337942

  • William Martin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rehau on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 #4337942

  • Harry Parmley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Rehau on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 #43-37942, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Rock

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    Member of Frese crew

  • William Roscoe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Rehau on 8 Apr 45 in B-17 #4337942

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Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 17:49:54 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography" - "damaged" was misspelled.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2021 17:37:23 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2016 02:06:52 flyer17 Changes to nicknames
Sources

486th website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13739 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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