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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 366BS/305BG Syracuse 17/9/42; Grafton Underwood 29/10/42; transferred 341BS/97BG Polebrook 4/11/42; en route Maison Blanche, via Gibraltar 17/11/42, with Clark Garber, Co-pilot: Josh Kaplan, Navigator: John Roysden, Bombardier: Les Birleson*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Welcome Talbot, Radio Operator: Paul Padgett, Ball turret gunner: Roger Arendt, Waist gunner: Lilburn Haddox, Waist gunner: Arthur Spell, pass-Brig Gen Asa Duncan (8AF HQ, Chief of Staff, Major John Knox* (341BS CO) (11 Killed in Service); engine fire, aircraft crashed Bay of Biscay; (*only bodies recovered). Missing Air Crew Report 15097.

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People

  • Roger Arendt

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Leslie Birleson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group

  • Asa Duncan

    Military | Brigadier General | 8th Air Force Chief of Staff
    En route to Maison Blanche, via Gibraltar on 17 November 1942, with Clark Garber, Co-pilot: Josh Kaplan, Navigator: John Roysden, Bombardier: Les Birleson*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Welcome Talbot, Radio Operator: Paul Padgett, Ball turret...

  • Clark Garber

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group

  • Lilburn Haddox

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Joshua Kaplan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 97th Bomb Group

  • John Knox

    Military | Major | Commanding Officer, Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Paul Padgett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 97th Bomb Group

  • John Roysden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Spell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

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  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2020 23:38:28 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Corrected a typo in the last name of the "Ball turret gunner".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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