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42-102554

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Kearney 30/6/44; Grenier 12/7/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-G] Snetterton 14/7/44; Missing in Action Osnabruck 21/11/44 with Lloyd Worden, Radio Operator: Rudolph Torres, Ball turret gunner: Dave Griesel, Waist gunner: Bill Herlihy,Tail gunner: Bill Wells (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bob Blackburn, Navigator: Sid Willig, Bombardier: Harry Bonekat, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Haydel (4 evaded capture); flak, crashed Nieuw-Milligen, near Appeldorn, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 10416. JEAN O.

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

  • Robert Blackburn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • Harold Bonekat

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • David Griesel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • Ray Haydel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    EVD Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • William Herlihy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • Rudolph Torres

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • William Wells

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42102554

  • Sidney Willig

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Oct 1944. 10 bombing missions into Germany and then last was shot down over occupied Holland, 21 November 1944. Evaded capture 9 days and then made contact with Dutch underground. Stayed in farm country being hidden sometimes indoors,...

  • Lloyd Worden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Oct 1944. Crashed near Utrecht on 11/21/44 in B-17 'Jean O' #42-102554. Tried valiantly to stay with the formation after being hit, but eventually had to land near woods which bordered the Appeldorne to Amerfort road in Holland.

Places

  • 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) Hollland 21 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 07:51:07 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames and 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 204, 210, 293

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10416 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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