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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned RAF [FA679]; Assigned 353BS/301BG 16/3/42; transferred 32BS Westover 6/8/42; Podington, UK 6/8/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 24/11/42 {64m}; 429BS/2BG Massicault, Tun 14/11/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action Fano 15/1/44 with Bill Pederson, Navigator: Carl Shawaker, Bombardier: Kermit Bual, Waist gunner: Chas Ringler,Tail gunner: Horace Mahabirsingh (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Joe Townsend, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bernie Scalisi{Wounded in Action}, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Truesdale, Radio Operator: John Sirgakis, Waist gunner: Tony Brodniak (5 evaded capture); crashed Chiusi, near Florence. Missing Air Crew Report 1814.



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...


  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log