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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 Cagne,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 Boherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42102498. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Cagne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 42-102498, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group
    Missing in Action (MIA) 30 May 1944 Dessau Germany Reported Prisoner of War (POW) July 1944

  • Victor Frisbie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42102498. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Ralph Garson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42102498. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Hartwell

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42102498. Reported Prisoner of War (POW) July 1944 PH

  • John Namsy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Pennell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Thompson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42102498. Killed in Action (KIA). Dessau, Germany PH

  • Conrad Zufall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102498, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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
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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