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44-6111

B-17 Flying Fortress

Accepted: 3 May 1944
Assigned: 4 May 1944 - Douglas Aircraft / Douglas Modification Center # 16 - (Tulsa Municipal)
Assigned: 12 May 1944 / 24 May 1944 - 2nd AF / 7th Heavy Bombardment Processing - (Kearney AAF)
Assigned: 26 May 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - (Grenier AAF)
Assigned: 28 May 1944 / 1 June 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 5 June 1944 - 8th AF / 1st BD / 94th CBW / 457th BG / 749th BS - (RAF Glatton)
( Triangle-U ) Blue propeller hubs ( O / Helle’s Belle )
13 Combat missions
Missing in Action: 12 July 1944 (Flak)
with Ed Kozel, Co-pilot: Alvie Phares, Navigator: Selig Ratchick, Bombardier: Carl Altimus, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Nichols, Radio Operator: Jacob Alpert, Ball turret gunner: Dwight Swanson, Waist gunner: Bill Korster,Tail gunner: Tom Dalrymple
Flak damage to #1 engine and propeller
Force landed Militärflugplatz Payerne, Vaud - Switzerland (46°50'36"N / 6°54'54"E)
9 Interned (MACR 6925)
8th AF mission (Munich, Germany)
Assigned: 16 July 1944 - Militärflugplatz Dübendorf, Zürich - Switzerland
Storage of interned aircraft
Assigned: 22 September 1945 – 9th AF / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Salvaged: 12 October 1945 / 10 December 1945

Service

Aircraft

Units

  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jacob Alpert

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Hell's Belle #446111

  • Carl Altimus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Delrumple

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Hell's Belle' #446111

  • William Koester

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Hell's Belle/ #446111

  • Edward Kozel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Hell's Belle #446111

  • Robert Nichols

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Selig Patchick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Hell's Belle'#446111

  • Alvie Phares

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 'Hell's Belle #446111

  • Dwright Sranson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

Missions

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • Dubendorf

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 12 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2020 18:03:03 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Format corrections

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 16:18:37 terveurn Changes to mission associations
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conected to last missions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 14:11:34 terveurn Changes to markings
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spelling

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 14:11:12 terveurn Changes to place associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 14:08:10 terveurn Changes to nicknames, markings, aircraft associations, unit associations and mission associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2019 14:03:22 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

from aircraft record card
from 457th BG records
From 8th AF records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6925 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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