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43-38971

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 24/10/44; Dow Fd 9/11/44;

Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 10/11/44; 18BS;

Missing in Action Ahlhorn, Ger 23/3/45 with Myron Bolser, Co-pilot: Roger Maillard, Navigator: Homer Lancaster, tog-Jay Esholman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Jerris, Radio Operator: John Heckman, Ball turret gunner: Don Stamos, Waist gunner: Russell Frost, Tail gunner: Albert Pegg (9 Killed in Action); crash landed continent; Salvaged 23/3/45; Missing Air Crew Report 13598.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31582 Ol' Scrapiron

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 28/11/43; Toledo 1/12/43; Felts Fd 4/12/43; Gt falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 19/12/43; Detroit 8/1/44; Montreal 10/1/44; Presque 12/1/44; Assigned 711BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/1/44. ...

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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...

  • 18th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Myron Bolser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971

  • Jay Esholman

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971

  • Russell Frost

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 22 September 1944 or 23 March 1945

  • John Heckman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971

  • Thomas Jerris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971

  • Homer Lancaster

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971

  • Roger Maillard

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971

  • Albert Pegg

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Hamm in B-17 #43-38971.

  • Donald Stamos

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 23 March 1945 in AC #43-38971.

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 908

    23 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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 23 March 1945
Crashed

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2018 22:09:34 jhuck Changes to nicknames
Sources

Removed erroneous nickname, John G. Huck

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2018 20:06:17 jhuck Changes to nicknames
Sources

John G. Huck

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 11:28:47 Lucy May Changes to description, events, aircraft associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Changed date of MIA from 22 March 1945 to 23 March 1945 according to 34th unit history:
Valor to Victory website - account of the mission: http://valortovictory.tripod.com/1945-03.htm

For a photo of the moment after the collision see this image from the 447th Bomb Group website: http://www.447bg.com/19450323%20Mid-Air%20Collision%20Bruckman-Bolser.jpg

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13598 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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