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44-8704

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 17/12/44; Dow Fd 5/12/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 22/1/45; Missing in Action Jena Opt Wks 19/3/45 with Capt Francis Jones, Co-pilot: Dave Thomas, Bombardier: George Vandruff, Radio Operator: Herb Rotfeld, voice op-Lt Joe Spiess, Waist gunner: Dale Fagen,Tail gunner: Martin Zajicek, Capt Lyman Barkalow {mission pilot} (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Howard Brown, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Steele Roberts (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Calau, near Scheiben, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13571.

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Units

People

  • Lyman Barkelow

    Military | Captain | Pilot, Mission | 96th Bomb Group

  • Howard Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed on 19 Mar 45 near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run

  • Howard Brown

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned Oct 1944. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught more. We also we

  • Dale Fagan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Dale Fagen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #44-8704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught

  • Francis Jones

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and c

  • Steele Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Schieben on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 #44-8704. Came down SW of Calau. On the following day Sgt. Roberts was escorted by Germans to the churchyard of a small town where his comrades were lain out in a wagon prior to burial. ...

  • Herbert Rotfeld

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down and kiled over Plauen Germany on 3/19/45 KIA. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run ...

  • Herman Rotfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Technical Sergeant Herman J. Rotfield was born November 16, 1922. His next of kin were his parents, Morris and Gertrude Rotfield. He was from Chicago, Illinois. ...

  • Joseph Spiess

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator, Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and c ...

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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) Germany 19 March 1945

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13571 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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