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42-107035

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Dow Fd 24/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 30/4/44; transferred 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 6/5/44; Missing in Action Bremen 26/9/44 with Chas Lundsberg, Co-pilot: J.M. Elzey, Navigator: Bob Smallman, Bombardier: John Wise, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cosmo Rabasco, Radio Operator: Forrest Sampson, Ball turret gunner: Bill Sizer, Waist gunner: Jack Walker,Tail gunner: Ed Morgan and ph-Alex Behr (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Jesteburg, NW of Lueneburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 10204. RELUCTANT LADY.

Service

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Alexander Behr

    Military | Sergeant | PH/Passenger | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42107035

  • J Ellzey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42107035

  • Paul Gelman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Flew missions with the 385th Bomb Group between 25 June 1944 - 12 October 1944.

  • Charles Lundsberg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Force landed B-17 "Flak Shak" SN 42-97307 near Brussels, Belgium Sept. 12 1944 on 23rd mission. Prisoner of War (POW) Bailed out over Wesermunde, Germany on Sept. 26, 1944 in B-17 "Reluctant Lady" SN 42-107035 on 24th mission.

  • Edward Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42107035

  • Cosmo Rabasco

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42-107035. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Forrest Sampson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42-107035, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Sizer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42107035

  • Robert Smallman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42107035

  • Jack Walker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down near Wesermunde on 9/26/44 in B-17 'Relucant Lady' #42-107035, Prisoner of War (POW).

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Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 21:25:02 clunds Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

photos, official mission records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10204 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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