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42-102605

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 14/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Rougham 1/5/44; Missing in Action battle support area, Fr 13/8/44 with Joe Griffith, Ball turret gunner: Pvt Bill Lappanan, Waist gunner: Jack Kassick (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Fred Finkelstein, Navigator: Bob Langner, Bombardier: Tony Mancini, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alton Davis,Tail gunner: Chas Oliver (6 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Jim Vaughn (Killed in Action); flak KO’d two engines, a third smoking, crashed St Martin-Osmonville, NE of Rouen, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 8362. KISMET.

Service

Units

  • 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

  • Jim Bruton

    Military | Engineer | 94th Bomb Group

  • Alton Davis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near St Andre on 8/13/44 in B-17 Kismet #42102605 POW

  • Fred Finkelstein

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near St Andre on 8/13/44 in B-17 Kismet #42102605

  • Gilbert Gabriel

    Military | Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Griffith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near St Andre on 8/13/44 in B-17 Kismet #42102605 POW

  • Bernard Jeffers

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    He joined the Army Air Corp because he believed that dying for his country would permit him into Heaven. His mother died when he was two, and his sisters pointed to the sky and told him that’s where she went. After leaving the military, he learned that...

  • Milo Johnson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    35 combat missions. [Documents attached to database form] AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

  • Jack Kassick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near St Andre on 8/13/44 in B-17 Kismet #42102605

  • Robert Langner

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near St Andre on 8/13/44 in B-17 Kismet #42102605 POW

  • William Lappanan

    Military | Private | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near St Andre on 8/13/44 in B-17 Kismet #42102605

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) France 13 August 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8362 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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