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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 16/5/44; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Clarence Jennings, Co-pilot: Dick Garland, Navigator: Martin Schwartz, Bombardier: Hardy Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walter Marr, Radio Operator: Chas Spornik, Ball turret gunner: Bill Barth, Waist gunner: John Wood,Tail gunner: Stewart Jakku (9INT); obs-Capt Floyd Cox Int off (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Jonkopping, Swed; Missing Air Crew Report 9774.



  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron


  • William Barth

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Landed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 #42102905

  • Hardy Bell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Crashed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 42-102905. Interned

  • Loyd Cox

    Military | Captain | Pilot/Intelligence officer | 457th Bomb Group
    Capt. Cox was the Intelligence Officer (G-2) for the 751st Bombardment Squadron, 457th Bombardment Group, Heavy. On Oct. 7th, 1944, he was assigned as a special intelligence observer aboard B-17 #42-102905, piloted by Lt. Clarence R. Jennings of the...

  • Richard Garland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Landed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 #42-102905, Interned (INT). Oral History of crashing landing can be seen on Youtube. com by searching under 'Dick Garland'.

  • Stuart Jakku

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 7 October 1944 in B-17 #42-102905.

  • Clarence Jennings

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    On 7 October 1944 B-17 #42102905 landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Walter Marr

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Landed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 #42102905

  • Martin Schwartz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot, Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Landed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 #42102905

  • Charles Spornick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Landed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 #42102905

  • John Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    INT Landed in Sweden on 10/7/44 in B-17 #42102905


  • 669

    7 October 1944


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 7 October 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 October 2018 10:35:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations

457th Bomb Group Association Newsletter.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2016 18:35:04 Lucy May Changes to description

Corrected surname of flight engineer from Karr to Marr following correspondence with researcher Joseph Fink.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 17:57:39 lgornek Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:12 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9774 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database