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44-6310

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Kearney 29/6/44; Dow Fd 11/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-P] Deenethorpe 23/7/44; Missing in Action Gaggenau 10/9/44 with Bill Woodward, Ball turret gunner: Theo Schappert (2 KIA - both dead in wreckage); Co-pilot: Jim Glidewell, Navigator: Oscar McMahan, Bombardier: Dale Eckers, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex Pedgarney, Radio Operator: Joe Lech, Waist gunner: Julian Pasillas, Tail gunner: Dave Steele (7 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #1, ship then exploded, crashed Heinerdingen, NW of Stuttgart, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8608. ROCKY LOIS.

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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leroy Adams

    Military | Master Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Russell Albert

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Francis Anthony

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Dale Eckers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed at Heinerdingen on 9/10/44 in B-17 'Rocky Lois' #44-6310, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Glidewell

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Heinerdingen on 9/10/44 in B-17 Rocky Lois #446310 POW

  • Hinson Jones

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Harry Haskett crew. 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Joseph Lech

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Heinerdingen on 9/10/44 in B-17 Rocky Lois #44-6310 POW

  • Brendan Lynch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions in B-17 'Mary Alice. ' On fifth mission, 13-Jul-44, was attacked by FW190's and ME109's. Emergency landing at RAF base. Tail Gunner, Ed Page, fatally wounded. Plane heavily damaged. ...

  • Oscar McMahan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Heinerdingen on 9/10/44 in B-17 Rocky Lois #446310. He flew 38 missions in total.

  • Julian Pasillas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Heinerdingen on 9/10/44 in B-17 Rocky Lois #446310 POW

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Missions

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 519

    5 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 531

    8 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 568

    24 August 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 10 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2022 02:59:07 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
18 November 2021 22:22:51 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=6310

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8608 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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