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44-6619

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 23/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-S] Rougham 11/10/44 BIG GAS BIRD; Missing in Action Kaiserlautern 23/12/44 with Marvin Lander, Jim Groblewski, Bill Schmid, Dick Hall, Walt Lancaster, Norman Palme (6 Prisoner of War); Ed Lindholm, Joe Phillipone (2 Returned to Duty); J.C. Barbee (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Wolflingen, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 11346. DARLING DOT.

Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, A/C crashed near Woltingen on 23-Dec-44. 2 x RTD, 6 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 11346.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • J Barbee

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, crashed with A/C...

  • James Groblewski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashednear Woltingen on 23 Dec 44 in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619

  • Richard Hall

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Woltingen on 23 Dec 44 in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619

  • Walter Lancaster

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Woltingen on 23 Dec 44 in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619

  • Marvin Lander

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' 44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, A/C crashed near Woltingen on 23-Dec-44...

  • Edward Lindholm

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 331BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x Combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserlautern in B-17 'Darling Dot' 44-6619 attacked by fighters short of IP point, hit heavily in the tail area, crashed near Woltingen 23-Dec-44 thrown from A...

  • Reuben Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Norman Palme

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Woltingen on 23 Dec 44 in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619

  • Joseph Philippone

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Woltingen on 23 Dec 44 in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619

  • William Schmid

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Woltingen on 23 Dec 44 in B-17 'Darling Dot' #44-6619

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK 1944

Assigned to 331BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA September 1944

Built at Douglas for Boeing.

Delivered Lincoln Air National Guard Base, Lincoln Airport, W Furnas Ave, Lincoln, NE 68524, USA 23 September 1944

Delivered to USAAF.

Crashed 54459 Wiltingen, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kaiserslautern, Germany in B-17 'Darling Dot' 44-6619 attacked by fighters shortly after IP point, tail gun position took brunt of assault, A/C crashed near Woltingen on 23-Dec-44. 2 x RTD, 6 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 11346.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 19:43:06 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2017 19:57:18 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/30327043
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11346 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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