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42-102525

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Gr Island 21/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 427BS/303BG Molesworth 9/4/44; transferred 338BS/96BG [BX-R] Snetterton 10/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Chas Birdsey, Co-pilot: Bill Hayes, Navigator: Alf Hauser, Bombardier: John Bailey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed Bondy, Radio Operator: Bill Baumann, Ball turret gunner: Jim Ball, Waist gunner: John Burke, Waist gunner: Dick Kennedy,Tail gunner: Jack Roseborough (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Holtorf, near Schwarmerheide, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4576.

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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned as new crew April 1944. Downed by fighters, crashed at Holtolf near Schwarmerhende, Germany. Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 42-102525. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Ball

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • William Baumann

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Charles Birdsey

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Edward Bondy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • John Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Armorer/Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-102525. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alfred Hauser

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group

  • William Hayes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Richard Kennedy

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Jack Roseborough

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42102525. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:38:14 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey Ward, Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information, Taylor Publishing, 1996. pages 137, 146, 293

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2015 09:49:47 Emily Changes to description
Sources

Change name of Top Turret Gunner from Ed Bandy to Ed Bondy based on information sent to AAM from his Nephew (Charles Bondy)

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4576 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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