Skip to main content
Edit entry 


B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [D] Glatton 23/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Keylon Clarke, Navigator: Walt Sundling, Bombardier: Bob Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Griffith, Radio Operator: Bill Sethloff, Waist gunner: Dave Dooley,Tail gunner: Dick Anderson (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Bob Hovland, Ball turret gunner: Reed Simpson (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Buckau, E of Burg, near Magdeburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9775. THE DENVER BANDIT.



  • 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...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron


  • Richard Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down on 9/28/44 at Buckau in B-17 'The Denver Bandit' #42102948 on a carpetbagger mission of counterfeit rations books and rr tickets

  • Keylon Clarke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Keylon W. Clarke enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on December 12, 1942 and began active duty on February 21, 1943. He was the First Pilot of a B-17 and Commander of a crew, initially 10 men and reduced to 9 men later in the war. He was...

  • David Dooley

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Buckau on 9/28/44 in B-17 'The Denver Bandit' 42-102948.

  • Albert Griffith

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Buckau on 9/28/44 in B-17 'The Denver Bandit' #42102948

  • Robert Newland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group

  • Glen Seeber

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Joigny, France on 10 September 1944 in B-17 'You Never Know' 42-32086 Killed in Action.

  • William Sethloff

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group

  • Reed Simpson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group

  • Walter Sundling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Buckau on 9/28/44 in B-17 'The Denver Bandit' #42102948


  • 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 28 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 01:40:55 mseeber99 Changes to nicknames

457th Bomb Group Association Web Site

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9775 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database