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42-29800

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Smoky Hill 14/3/43; Morrison 9/4/43; Assigned 95th Bomb Group/335th Bomb Squadron [OE-L] at Alconbury 17 May 1943. Flew 4 missions with the 95th BG. Transferred to 305th Bomb Group/422nd Bomb Squadron [JJ-E/J] at Chelveston on 17 June 1943. Transferred to the 384th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron [BK-?] at Grafton Underwood on 7 October 1943. Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14 October 1943 with Pilot William R. Harry; Navigator David H. Black; Flight engineer/top turret gunner Thomas B. Wheeler; Radio Operator Edward F. Simpson; Ball turret gunner: John C. McKenna; Right Waist gunner: Howard D. Parks; Left Waist gunner: Julius M. Markus; Tail gunner: Leroy Parent (8 Prisoners of War). Co-pilot: Ivan L. Rice's chute opened inside when about to jump - Killed in Action); Bombardier: Charles P. Mannka (made Prisoner of War-POW - died in captivity). Enemy aircraft, crashed Simmershofen, 19 miles SE of Würzburg, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR #840. ME AND MY GAL.

Service

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 422nd Bomb Squadron
  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • David Black

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Harry

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stayed in the Air Force after the war and served in Korea. He ended his military career as a Lt Colonel in the USAF.

  • Charles Mannka

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombardier Charles Mannka served in the 384th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron. On return from the Kassel raid on July 30, 1943, he was on board B-17 #42-5848 'Patches', which landed at Boxted with 6 crew members injured and extensive battle damage. ...

  • Julius Markus

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Julius Markus was a Left Waist Gunner in the 384th Bomb Group/546th Bomb Squadron. Shot down on the 14 October 1943 mission to Schweinfurt in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal'. Captured, made a Prisoner of War (POW). Interned at Stalag XVIIB (17B) near...

  • John McKenna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    John McKenna was Ball Turret Gunner on B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal', shot down on the 14 October 1943 raid to Schweinfurt. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John McKenna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Leroy Parent

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Leroy Parent was a Tail Gunner in the 384th Bomb Group. He was on board B-17 # 42-5848 'Patches', badly damaged during the 30 July 1943 raid on Kassel and which landed at Boxted with 6 crew members injured. ...

  • Howard Parks

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Howard Parks was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal', shot down on the Schweinfurt raid 14 October 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Ivan Rice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Ivan Rice was a Co-Pilot in the 384th Bomb Group/547th Bomb Squadron. ...

  • Edward Simpson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Edward Simpson was a Radio Operator in the 384th Bomb Group. He was on board B-17 # 42-5848 'Patches', badly damaged during the 30 July 1943 raid on Kassel and which landed at Boxted with 6 crew members injured. Shot down on 14 October 1943 in B-17 ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed near Simmershofen, Germany 14 October 1943

Crashed near Simmershofen, 30km SE of Würzburg, Germany (and not "near Soissons, France" as mentioned in many sources...)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:14:43 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 10:59:22 Al_Skiff Changes to markings
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://photos.384thbombgroup.com/index.php?/category/F42-29800

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2015 10:56:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2015 11:20:26 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

Markus not evaded but POW

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2015 14:44:43 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 840

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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