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42-102445

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-R] Nuthampstead 26/4/44; (23m) Missing in Action Noball V-1 sites 8/7/44 with George Wilson (KIA – went down with ship); Tail gunner: Reg Ferguson (evaded capture); Co-pilot: Vernon Atkinson, Navigator: Dick Dunn, Bombardier: Bob Perry, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sanford Walke, Radio Operator: George Vela, Ball turret gunner: Martin Hansen, Waist gunner: Gerald Dye (7 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1 & #2, crashed Money Cayeux, near Rouen, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 7217.

Service

Units

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vernon Atkinson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42-102445 Mission was Humieres-Fresnoy (France) POW

  • Richard Dunn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42-102445 POW

  • Gerald Dye

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42-102445 POW

  • Reginald Ferguson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD). A/C hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42-102445. Returned to England 10 Sept 1944 from Missing in Action (MIA) status.

  • Martin Hansen

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42=102445 POW

  • Robert Perry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 42-102445 POW

  • George Vela

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). A/C hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42-102445 POW

  • Sanford Walke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). A/C hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux on 7/8/44 in B-17 #42-102445 POW

  • George Wilson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Hit by flak and crashed near Money Cayeux in B-17 #42-102445. July 8th 1944 bridges and tunnels at Humieres and Fresney in France were the targets. Flak in the target area was intense and accurate. MACR 7217.

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 8 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2022 22:02:12 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
Sources

Added "B-17" at the front of the Production block number.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2020 22:43:31 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

AAm synposis of TB-17G 42-107774

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2020 22:40:33 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

42-107784 synopsis.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2020 22:39:37 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

AAm synposis of TB-17G 42-10774

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2020 22:33:51 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Assoiciated image.

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 23:03:09 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7217 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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