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41-24445

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 12-August-42; 340BS/97BG Polebrook August 42; Missing in Action Meaulte 6-September-42 shot down by Hptm Conny Meyer (II/JG26) crashed Flasselles, NW of Amiens, France.; (first 8AF B-17 MIA) SIX BITS aka SOUTHERN BELLE. No MACR issued. 10POW.

P 2Lt Clarence W.Lipsky (POW); CP 1Lt David C. Howard (POW)
N 1Lt David McCorkle (POW); B/Toggler: Sgt Paul D. Drain (POW)
E/TTG Sgt George W. Mow (POW); RO Sgt Tomas T. Matson (POW),
BTG Sgt William H. Warren (POW); WG Sgt Charles F. Travinek (POW)
WG Sgt William B. Dunbar (POW); TG Sgt William Peltier (POW)

Service

Units

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 340th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Drain

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier/Togglier | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Bombardier/Togglier. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Dunbar

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • David Howard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Lipsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Thomas Maston

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17F 41-24445 while serving as Radio Operator. Crash landed near Flesselles, France after attack by FW 190's. Captured as a POW.

  • David McCorkle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Navigator. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Mow

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Peltier

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Charles Travinek

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Waist Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Warren

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 41-24445 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 10

    6 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Flesselles, France 6 September 1942

Shot down by enemy aircraft.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2020 17:37:05 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added an additional A/C nickname as listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2014 20:15:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to description, events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Nov-2014, Connections; crash event location.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 19:26:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to manufacturer
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-2014, Block number and manufacturer: "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2014 19:24:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Oct-2014. "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. Description updated based on National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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