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44-8640

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 14/11/44; Dow Field 3/12/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 5/12/44; after 58 missions was Missing in Action Operation Chowhound (6th such mission) 7/5/44 with Lionel Sceurman, Navigator: Russell Cook {picked up by RAF Walrus, but died soon after}, Radio Operator: Gana McPherson, Ball turret gunner: John Keller, Waist gunner: Norbert {Kuper} Cooper,Tail gunner: Bill Langford, obs-Ed Bubloz, obs-Bob Korber, Gerald Lane, obs-Joe Repiscak, obs-George Walteri {last five passengers were photographic personnel} (11 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Jim Schwartz, nav/trainer-Dave Condon were picked up by 5th ERS from Halesworth on OA-10A Catalina) (2 Returned to Duty) flak, ditched Channel. SECTION 8. (Last 8AF aircraft lost in WW II).

Service

People

  • Marvin Athey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Donald Helgeson and Cleburn Brown. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Bubolz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | On Board - Airborne Voice Interpreter | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 3 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into North Sea off Benacre Ness. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • David Condon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / Togglier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 missions. Crashed into Channel on 7-May-45 after plane B-17 44-8640 suffered mechanical failure. Picked up by ASR. RTD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Conway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Injured on Frankfurt mission. Flew with 'Mozley's Mob' 9-Mar-45 on Mission to Frankfurt, Germany in Aircraft 44-8640 'Section 8' Wounded in Action (WIA) ...

  • Russell Cook

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into North Sea off Benacre Ness. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Edward Humlicek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Helgeson crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Kedzierski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 combat missions. Donovan Helgeson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • John Keller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into North Sea off Benacre Ness. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Korber

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 1st mission. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Utrecht, Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into English channel. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

  • Norbert Kuper

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Utrecht, Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into English channel. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: PH.

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Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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