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42-102543

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Grenier 19/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-B] Nuthampstead 20/4/44; flew with 457BG Glatton on 29/6/44; (54m) Missing in Action Munster 28/10/44 with John Farmer, Navigator: Bob Chorba, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Martens, Radio Operator: Jim Kilgore, Ball turret gunner: Paul Keifer, Waist gunner: Alpha Schumacher,Tail gunner: Sam Gailey (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Arnold Volkay, Bombardier: Phil Seltzer (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Uelson, Bentheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 10176 [?10175].

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...

  • 602nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Chorba

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 #42102543 Air medal

  • John Farmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 #42-102543, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Samuel Gailey

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 #42-102543, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Paul Keifer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 #42102543

  • James Kilgore

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Robert Martens

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 #42102543

  • Robert Rowland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball-turret gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Bob Rowland flew 35 missions in 1944 with the 398th BG from Nuthampstead. air medal In 2017, Bob was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur.

  • Alphia Schumacher

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Uelson on 10/28/44 in B-17 # 42102543

  • Philip Seltzler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 398th Bomb Group

  • Arnold Volkay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Uelson in B-17 #42-102543, Killed in Action (KIA).

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

  • 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 28 October 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10176 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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