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43-38403

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/44; Kearney 9/8/44; Grenier 16/8/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 23/8/44; in base landing accident with Herbert Vick 24/12/44; battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45 with Floyd Peede, Co-pilot: Tom Easterling, Navigator: Fred Edelstein, tog-Larry Pratz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Nerrie, Radio Operator: Bob Brown, Ball turret gunner: Ken Chezem, Waist gunner: Bob Harrison,Tail gunner: Theo Spracklen (9 Returned to Duty); crash landed Lodz, Russia; Salvaged 1/3/45. Missing Air Crew Report 12768.

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

  • Dexter Jordan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Chief of B-24 41-28851 'The Near Sighted Robin', B-17's 43-38403, 43-38265 and 43-38991 'Sweet Seventeen'. Awarded bronze star for 100 missions no aborts, the soldiers medal for risking his life to extinguish a...

  • Paul Schommer

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME. Standing L-R Herbert Jahnke, Paul Schommer Kneeling L-R Sterling O Jones, Dexter B Jordan

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.

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12768 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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