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42-29603

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Brookley 12/3/43; Morrison 31/3/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-R] Polebrook 18/4/43; Missing in Action 15m Anklam 9/10/43 with Howie Maser, Co-pilot: Don L’Abbee, Navigator: Morris Eagle, Bombardier: Howie Ferguson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Everett Sanford, Radio Operator: Paul Walsh, Waist gunner: Bill McGee, Waist gunner: Harry Crum, Tail gunner: Malvern Morgan (9 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Ken Gorsuch (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Vollstedt, 18 miles south west Flensburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 875. SPITBALL.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Crum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Morris Eagle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Ferguson

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Gorsuch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29603 'Spitball'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald L'Abbee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Oct. 9, 1943

  • Howard Maser

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William McGee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Malvern Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Robeson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Target assigned, Frankfurt. Shot down by flak on return and crashed in the mouth of the River Scheldt, about 2 miles SE of Flusing, Holland. The body of S/Sergeant Burgess was washed up on the 19 Oct 43 near Flusing. S/Sergeant...

  • Everett Sanford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29603 'Spitball'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 9 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2020 05:03:49 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2020 22:46:12 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”. Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 875 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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