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42-107185

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 16/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-V] Rougham 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/8/44 with Orville Spenst, Co-pilot: Larry Metzroth, Navigator: Ed Pacek, Bombardier: Ira Dodd, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Brown, Radio Operator: Forest Crosman, Ball turret gunner: Jim Theiss, Waist gunner: Bob Hurd (8 POW - rescued by German Sea patrol); Tail gunner: Frank Trilling (KIA-drowned); flak damage and three engines out, ditched North Sea, off Frisian Islands. Missing Air Crew Report 8075.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Charles Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42107185

  • Forest Crosman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42107185

  • Ira Dodd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42107185

  • Robert Hurd

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    23 missions -- 3 engines on B-17 went out. Ditched in North Sea on 6 August 1944. Rescued by German seaplanes. Was afloat 24 hours. One crew member drowned. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft IV until 26 April 1945. Plane was B-17 #42107185 ...

  • Lawrence Metzroth

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42107185

  • Edward Pacek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42-107185. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orville Spenst

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea on 8/6/44 in B-17 #42107185

  • James Theiss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    James Theiss served as a ball turret gunner with the 331st Bomb Squadron of the 94th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Bury St Edmunds, England. On 6 August 1944, his B-17 #42107185 was hit by flak and crashed into the North Sea. ...

  • Frank Trilling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Hit by flak and crashed into North Sea in B-17 #42107185

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) Berlin, Germany 6 August 1944
Crashed Frisian Islands 6 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8075 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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