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42-107038

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Presque Is 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 9/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 22/3/44 with Ed Stull, Co-pilot: Sam Showalter, Navigator: Harry Grace, Bombardier: John Taylor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Geis, Radio Operator: Dave Stowers, Ball turret gunner: Frank Barry, Waist gunner: Herman Iventosch, Waist gunner: Lou Zommer, Tail gunner: Alf Sanchez (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed on St Alphonsus School, Spaarndammerstradt, Amsterdam, Hol, killing four civilians and at least 10 injured. Missing Air Crew Report 3338.

Service

Units

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Barry

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group

  • Paul Geis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Grace

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herman Iventosch

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Sanchez

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Samuel Showater

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group

  • David Stowers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Stull

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew bailed out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Taylor

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Zommer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    After receiving flak hits on the return from a mission to Berlin on 22 Mar 1944, the crew baled out of B-17G #42-107038 before it crashed in Amsterdam, Holland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Hollland 22 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2020 22:05:33 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3338 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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