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42-107204

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 2/4/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-B] Horham 22/4/44 STAND BY; 335BS [OE-B]; with W.C. Shaw force landed Thorpe Abbotts afb 16/12/44; 87m, battle damaged Leipzig 6/4/45 with Bob Davis, Co-pilot: Larry Morgan, Navigator: John Coalson, Bombardier: Fred Gunnard, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Archie Stice, Radio Operator: Albt Fascenelli, Ball turret gunner: Dale Kennedy, Waist gunner: Bill Ballou, Tail gunner: Jake Brooks (9 Killed in Action); crashed Foret de Solgars, south of Brussels, Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report ?; Salvaged 8/4/45; GOIN' MY WAY.

Flown by the Judy crew to Ruhland on the 17th of March 1945

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Ballou

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 6 Apr 45 in B-17 #42107204 while on mission to Leipzig. Crashed in Belgium

  • William Bauer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Judy Crew

  • Jacob Brooks

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 6 Apr 45 in B-17 #42107204 while on mission to Leipzig. Crashed in Belgium

  • John Coalson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) , plane crashed in Belgium while on mission to Leipzig on 6 Apr 45 in B-17 #42107204

  • James Collins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Judy Crew

  • John Conway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 16 x combat missions. Injured on Frankfurt mission. Flew with 'Mozley's Mob' 9-Mar-45 on Mission to Frankfurt, Germany in Aircraft 44-8640 'Section 8' Wounded in Action (WIA) ...

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Albert Fascenelli

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 6 Apr 45 in B-17 #42-107204 while on mission to Leipzig. Crashed in Belgium.

  • Wayne Fitzgerald

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. 5 x missions with Harry Conley crew, 4 x James Hearn crew, 3 x missions with Bill Thomas crew. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Missions

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Thorpe Abbotts, Diss, Norfolk IP21, UK 16 December 1944

Force landed Thorpe Abbotts AFB 16/12/44. Pilot Lt William C Shaw.

Crashed Brussels, Belgium 6 April 1945 – 6 April 1945

Battle damaged Leipzig 6/4/45. Crashed Foret de Solgars, south of Brussels, Belgium; Missing Air Crew ? (9 x KIA).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2021 00:08:51 jpnoe72 Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Mission to Zeitz, Germany. First flight back for Navigator Jack Noe following 3 Mar mission which resulted in loss of Paisano. Lt Manuel Rey pilot.

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 20:34:40 RayWells Changes to person associations
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2021 20:23:05 RayWells Changes to description
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added connections

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 02:28:35 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 17:20:07 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15598 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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