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42-29727

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Tinker 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-M] Bassingbourn 18/4/43; Earls Colne 21/5/43; Missing in Action Emden 21/5/43 with Lowell Wetzel, Co-pilot: Earl Sutton, Bombardier: Carl Pearson, Radio Operator: Stacey Hendrix RIP 4/6/43, Ball turret gunner: Carl Rendler, Waist gunner: Bryant Loftus, Waist gunner: Russell Crisp, Tail gunner: Glenn Harding (8 Killed in Action);

Navigator: Cliff Hopewell Wounded in Action, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Henry Kurn (2 Prisoner of War);

Enemy aircraft hit #3 and radio room caught fire, crashed Stobben, near Vleegtwedde, 25 miles SE of Groningen, Holland;
No MACR. IN DER FUEHRER'S FACE.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Russell Crisp

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 'In Der Fuehrer's Face', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Glenn Harding

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face", Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Stacey Hendrix

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face", Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Hopewell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face", Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Henry Kurn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face". Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bryant Loftis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Bryant M. Loftis was born May 17, 1920. His next of kin was his mother, Annie Loftis. He was from Danville, Virginia. ...

  • Carl Pearson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Ball Turret Gunner; Togglier | 94th Bomb Group
    ...

  • Carl Rendler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face". A/C was hit by enemy fire and crashed.

  • Earl Sutton

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face", Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lowell Wetzel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 21 May 1943 in B-17 #42-29727 "In Der Fuehrer's Face", Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Emden, Germany 21 May 1943
Crashed Stobbenweg 8, 8251 PX Dronten, Netherlands 21 May 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 21:01:42 jmoore43 Changes to media associations
Sources

Removed media associations as there is no associated picture.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2021 20:38:06 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Added the Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-65-bo-42-29632-42...

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2017 10:21:16 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections from information in biography field.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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