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44-6104

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 4/5/44; Kearney 11/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 1/6/44

Detailed Merseburg 13/9/44 with Romie Annis, Co-pilot: Forrest Clark, Navigator: Bernard Madden, Bombardier: Jim Jensen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Corliss, Radio Operator: Vince Chalupczynski,tg-Leslie Johnson (7 Returned to Duty); Ball turret gunner: Frank Kot, Waist gunner: Leon Mitchell (2 Prisoner of War). MACR 8919.

Missing in Action Merseburg 21/11/44 with Bob Keck, Larry Istel, Hollis Freeman, Sam Shepard, Leon Stoger, Ed Fialkowski, Bill Metcalf (7 Prisoner of War); Dick Engler, Elwood Norr; flak and enemy aircraft, crashed Zeitz, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 10411.

HOMING PIDGEON.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Romie Annis

    Military | First Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Vincent Chalupzynski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Forrest Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Corliss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Richard Engler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    FOD near Zeitz in B-17 'Homing Pigeon' #446104. The Finding of Death was given in 1945, a year and a day after the crash Finally in April of 1946 a report from German records shows Engler was dead at the scene of the crash and was buried in a local...

  • Edward Fialkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Zeitz on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Homing Pigeon' 44-6104

  • Hollis Freeman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Istel

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed near Zeitz on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Homing Pigeon' #44-6104. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Jensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Leslie Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 November 2021 21:15:14 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=6104

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2021 13:48:23 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=6104

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 13:24:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated people from MACR 8919 - http://www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10411 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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