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43-38068

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/6/44; Kearney 5/7/44; Grenier 19/7/44; Assigned 850BS/490BG Eye 22/7/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 9/3/45 with Carl Faust, Oliver Hirist, Harry Perdue, Leroy Pierstos, Bob Greene, Paul Winkle, Lloyd Wells (7 Prisoner of War); Roy Caver, George Bryant (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Mulheim, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12947. MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION.
ADDITIONAL to the MACR, a/c crashed (belly landed) between Gusternhain and Breitscheid A/F, Province Hessen Nassau, District Lahn Dill.
Gunner G. Bryant died in the crash , R. Caver was brought with R. Greene, H. Paradue and L. Fierstos to the next military hospital at Herborn. R. Caver died at the hospital in results of his wounds.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 850th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Bryant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Mulheim in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #43-38068.

  • Roy Caver

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) ; B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #4338068

  • Carl Faust

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mulheim on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' 43-38068.

  • Robert Greene

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Mulheim on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #4338068

  • Oliver Hirist

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mulheim on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #4338068

  • Rolland Peacock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Peacock crew. Flew 35 missions September 30, 1944-February 14, 1945. The plane was 'Magnificent Obsession', also known as Maggie's Crew.

  • Harry Perdue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mulheim on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #4338068

  • Leroy Pierstos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Mulheim on 9 Mar 45 in B-17 'Magnificent Obsession' #4338068

  • John Schanzbach

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Wells

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 490th Bomb Group
    Lloyd Kenneth Wells, Jr. was born on January 4, 1926 in Ponca City, OK. He suffered a long and courageous battle with leukemia and passed on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the age of 91. ...

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Places

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Gusternhain, 35767 Breitscheid, Germany 9 March 1945

Hit by Flak over Frankfurt / Main, setting one enginee on fire, destroying the oxygene system and injuring 3 of the crw

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2019 19:41:48 Claudio Becker Changes to description and events
Sources

Corrospondences with L. Wells ; Book "Luftkrieg über dem Dillgebiet" page 275 following ; Documents of the German Military Hospital at Herborn (Patientenbuch / Sterbenachweisungen)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12947 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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