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42-107048

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Gr Island 27/2/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 5/3/44 TANGERINE; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-M] Molesworth 23/3/44; Missing in Action French A/fds 12/6/44 with Roy Eisele, Co-pilot: Lou Girard, Navigator: Murray Schenker, Bombardier: Melvin Gladstone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou Cowley, Radio Operator: Ralph Millard, Ball turret gunner: Efraim Longoria, Waist gunner: Szymon Friedman, Waist gunner: Dick Bell (9 Killed in Action);Tail gunner: Ed Vallee (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Eswars, four miles N of Cambrai, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5626. TANGERINE.

Service

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Richard Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Louis Cowley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On ferry flight from Labrador to Ireland on 13 Jan 1944, B-17G 42-31604 was forced to ditch in Loch Quich, Inverness, Scotland due to the loss of two engines. RTD. B-17 42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Roy Eisele

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    On ferry flight from Labrador to Ireland on 12 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31604 was forced to ditch in Loch Quich, Inverness, Scotland due to the loss of two engines. Killed in Action (KIA) DFC; Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Szymon Friedman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Louis Girard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    B-17 42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Melvin Gladstone

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    On ferry flight from Labrador to Ireland on 13 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31604 was forced to ditch in Loch Quich, Inverness, Scotland due to the loss of two engines. RTD. B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Efrain Longoria

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On ferry flight from Labrador to Ireland on 13 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31604 was forced to ditch in Loch Quich, Inverness, Scotland due to the loss of two engines. RTD. B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Ralph Millard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Murray Schenker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    On ferry flight from Labrador to Ireland on 13 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31604 was forced to ditch in Loch Quich, Inverness, Scotland due to the loss of two engines. RTD. B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Edward Vallee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On ferry flight from Labrador to Ireland on 13 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31604 was forced to ditch in Loch Quich, Inverness, Scotland due to the loss of two engines. RTD. B-17 #42-107048 hit by flak, crashed near Cambrai 12 Jun 1944. Prisoner of War (POW)....

Places

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 12 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 18:03:53 phil marchese Changes to media associations
Sources

See AAM 42-31319

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 18:00:07 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/5402

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2019 16:24:01 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

See entry remarks on finish

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 21:14:36 Pete Changes to unit associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 21:13:03 Pete Changes to nicknames
Sources

452nd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 21:12:20 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5626 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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