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43-38123

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Hunter 11/7/44; Grenier 22/7/44; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-V] Polebrook 14/8/44; Missing in Action {9m} Brux 12/9/44 with Ed Hennegan, Co-pilot: George Avaritt, Navigator: Walt Culbert, Bombardier: Gene Saur, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Waters, Radio Operator: John Strick, Waist gunner: Emmett Bennett (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Karl Buschenfeldt,Tail gunner: Clair Carl (2KIA-latter died of medical neglect); enemy aircraft, crashed Grafenbruck, W of Eberswalde, NW of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8897. BABY BUTCH.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Avaritt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Wernfuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 baby Butch #4338123

  • Emmett Bennett

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Werneuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 'Baby Butch' #43-38123, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Karl Buschenfeldt

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down near Wereeuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 Baby Butch #43-38123, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clair Carl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down near Werneuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 Baby Butch #4338123

  • Walter Culbert

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Wernfuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 Baty Butch #4338123

  • Edward Hennegan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 9/12/44 near Werneuchen in B-17 Baby Butch #4338123

  • Eugene Saur

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/12/44 and crashed near Wereeuchen in B-17 Baby Butch #4338123

  • John Strick

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Werneuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 Baby Butch #4338123

  • James Theys

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • James Waters

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    POW Shot down near Werneuchen on 9/12/44 in B-17 Baby Butch #4338123

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8897 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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