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42-102498

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Grenier 20/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-W] Nuthampstead 5/5/44; (7m) Missing in Action Dessau, Ger 30/5/44 with Tom Thompson, Ball turret gunner: Ernie Pennell, Waist gunner: Vic Frisbie (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Conrad Zufall, Navigator: Ralph Garson, Bombardier: Bob Doherty, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Namey`Wounded in Action`, Radio Operator: George Gagne, Tail gunner: George Hartwell (6 Prisoner of War); flak, ship exploded crashed Aken, nine miles W of Dessau, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5312.

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...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Six combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 'Tail end Charlie' 30-May-44; baled out Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5312 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Frisbie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Six combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 30-May-44; shot down, baled out into small lake and drowned. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5312 Awards: AM, PH.

  • George Gagne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 30-May-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5312 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Garson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 30-May-44 in B-17 42-102498 'Tailed Charlie'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5312 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Hartwell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 30-May-44 in B-17 42-102498. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5312 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Namey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 30-May-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5312 Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Pennell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 30-May-44; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5312 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Thomas Thompson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 30-May-44; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5312 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Conrad Zufall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau in B-17 42-102498 30-May-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5312 Awards: POW, AM, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

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) Germany 30 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2022 19:51:01 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2022 05:29:42 Dennis Arroyo Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Family Friend. George Gagne last name misspelled. Should be Gagne, not Cagne

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5312 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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