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43-38002

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 838BS/487BG Lavenham 11/7/44; Missing in Action Derben, Ger 14/1/45 with Jim Moser, Conrad Summerlin, Paul Kenney, Mayo Larkin, Coy Flanery, Orlando Leo, Bob Ketcham, Kenneth Weisman, Hubert Sahlstrom (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed into a church at border of Rhode, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11733. OUR BABY.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 838th Bomb Squadron
  • 850th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Coy Flanery

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode on 1/14/45 in B-17 'Our Baby' #43-38002

  • Paul Kenney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode in B-17G #43-38002 'Our Baby' on 14 Jan 1945

  • Robert Ketcham

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #43-38002 'Our Baby'.

  • Mayo Larkin

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode on 1/14/45 in B-17G #43-38002 'Our Baby' .

  • Orlando Leo

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode on 1/14/45 in B-17G #43-38002 'Our Baby'.

  • James Moser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Rhode on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #43-38002 'Our Baby'.

  • Hubert Sahlstrom

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode on 14 Jan 1945 in B-17G #43-38002 'Our Baby'.

  • Conrad Summerlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down over Magdeburg on January 12, 1945. Prisoner of War (POW). Plane was B-17G 43-38002 'Our Baby'. POW

  • Kenneth Weisman

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Rhode on 14 Jan 45 in B-17G 43-38002 'Our Baby'. MACR 11733

Places

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2020 07:04:34 BlissChuckar Changes to description
Sources

The list of crew members was in error. My uncle, Kenneth Weisman was the tail gunner on Our Baby B-17 #43-338002. He was listed as Ken Nelsman. Also, this bomber crashed into a church on the border of Rhode, not Rhoden. My uncle was the last man to bail out of the plane. He always thought it had been hit by another plane or debris from another plane that was hit and broke out of formation. He was liberated from the Moosburg POW camp near Munich.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 23:10:58 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11733 / MACR 14294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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