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43-38292

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Hunter 26/7/44; Dow Fd 7/8/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-D] Snetterton 7/8/44; transferred 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 8/8/44; Missing in Action Bad Kreuznach, Ger 2/1/45 with Roger Hoffman, Co-pilot: Warren Johnson, Navigator: Dick Reed, Bombardier: Herman Brown, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elmer Reitman, Radio Operator: Jack Summers, m/op-Lt Ford Bachman, Ball turret gunner: Narvie Sumpter, Waist gunner: Mervin Unklesbee,Tail gunner: Perry Scott (10 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Eggenstedt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 11566. CONGA BABE.

Service

Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 4th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ford Bachman

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey (Pathfinder) Operator | 34th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 January 1945 in AC 43-38292. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Herman Brown

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Shot down 2 January 1945 in AC #4338292. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roger Hofmann

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • Warren Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 January 1945 in AC #4338292.

  • Richard Reed

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 January 1945 in AC #4338292.

  • Percy Scott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 January 1945.

  • Jack Summers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 January 1945 in AC #4338292.

  • Narvie Sumpter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 2 January 1945 in 43-38292.

  • Mervin Unklesbee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 2 January 1945 in A/C #43-38292.

  • Carl Westman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Born to Icelandic immigrants, Carl Westman, from Halldórsstaðir, Laxárdalur, Iceland and Agnete Westman, from Djúpivogur, Iceland, in Bellingham. He served for three years.

Places

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 2 January 1945

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11566 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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