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42-102951

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 6/5/44; Grenier 27/5/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Horham 30/5/44; with A.E. McCulley 25/8/44 wia-b Lt Bill Kehoe, Waist gunner: Larry Roberts; with W.C. Bramlett force landed RAF Woodbridge 25/12/44; with R.W. Paine 27/5/44 force landed Thorpe Abbotts AF; 55m, Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Dick Morris; Co-pilot: Dean Ratts, Navigator: Ken Wood, Bombardier: Len Pospisil, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leroy Hansen, Radio Operator: Ken Peterson, Ball turret gunner: Marion Bell, Waist gunner: Milton Onie, Tail gunner: Bill Watt (9 Killed in Action); battle damaged plus runaway prop, crashed Den Berg Texel, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 12048.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Marion Bell

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 3-Feb-45 in B-17 42-102951; flak and mech failure, crashed Den Berg Texel, Netherlands Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12048 Awards: PH.

  • William Bramlett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Aboard B-17 42-102951 25-Aug-44 Wounded in Action (WIA). Completed 35 combat missions. Was part of the 1st bombing raid on Berlin. He airlifted supplies to the Polish resistance during the battle of Warsaw and was...

  • Floyd Hammond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Leroy Hansen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 3-Feb-45 in B-17 42-102951; flak and mech failure, crashed Den Berg Texel, Netherlands Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 12048 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Lawrence Kaplan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Kehoe

    Military | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Kehoe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Aboard B-17 42-102951 25-Aug-44 Wounded in Action (WIA). Crashed at Cologne in B-17 43-38595 'Stormy Weather' Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9471 Awards: PH (OLC).

  • Christopher Lindsley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    J.E. Koehler crew. 35 missions between 5 December 1944 and 17 April 1945. AM w/ 5 OLCs.

  • Weldon Martz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arvil McCulley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-17 43-38595 'Stormy Weather'; Crashed at Cologne on 17-Oct-44 Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9471 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

  • 817

    3 February 1945

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....

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Flown Overseas 27 May 1944 – 29 May 1944

This ship was flown from Kearney, Nebraska to Nutts Corner, Ireland by the Harry W. Neville crew. The Neville crew was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group. Information about the ferry trip is contained in Harry Neville's Wartime Diary.

Crashed 1791 Den Burg, Netherlands 3 February 1945 – 3 February 1945

Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 (9 x KIA), battle damaged plus runaway prop, crashed Den Berg Texel, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 12048.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 01:10:15 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2019 22:17:18 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46706165
http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/351.html

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2019 00:17:52 bombercommand Changes to events and person associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2904

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2017 03:11:27 bombercommand Changes to person associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=2904

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 12:30:11 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12048 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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