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42-29511

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 5/3/43.
Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-W] Alconbury 19/5/43.
Transferred 525BS/379BG [FR-W] Kimbolton 4/9/43.

Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Roland Martin, Co-pilot: Linden Price, Navigator: Dan Maher, Bombardier: Irving Rittenberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Mattern, Radio Operator: Nick Macri, Ball turret gunner: Elihu Peacock, Waist gunner: Dan Sirianni, Waist gunner: John Cihonski, Tail gunner: Adam Janik. (10 Prisoner of War).
Enemy aircraft, crash landed S of Wurzburg, Germany.
Missing Air Crew Report 957. THE IRON MAIDEN.

Service

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 407th Bomb Squadron
  • 525th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Cihonski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Adam Janik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Nicholas Macri

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29511 'The Iron Maiden', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Daniel Maher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-29511 'The Iron Maiden. ' Prisoner of War. POW

  • Roland Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29511 'The Iron Maiden', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edwin Mattern

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #4229511 'The Iron Maiden. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elihu Peacock

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down on Mission 115 14 October 1943 in B-17 #422951 Over Schweinfurt on his 13th mission in 'The Iron Maiden. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Moved to Stalag 17B Krems Austria where he was confined from 12-95-43 till 04-03-45. On a forced march from...

  • Linden Price

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29511 'The Iron Maiden', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Irving Rittenberg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-29511 'The Iron Maiden. ' Prisoner of War.

  • Daniel Sirianni

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 Oct 1943 on Schweinfurt mission on board 'The Iron Maiden' POW

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2021 12:44:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

"Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Bishop & Hey

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2020 19:32:00 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 957 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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