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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered W Palm Beach 8/1/43; Assigned 414BS/97BG Biskra 28/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Missing in Action Naples 1/8/43 with Bob Rast, Alvarado, Ponemone, Bigelow, Dibble, Shea, Anderson, Nichols, Smith, Mathews; flak hit knocked off wing, crashed target area. Missing Air Crew Report 355.



  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Rast

    Military | Lieutenant | Airplane Commander | 97th Bomb Group
    Shot down on Aug 1 1943 in B-17 #42-2985, Prisoner of War (POW), first in Italy then in Germany. 5 people parachuted from plane, Plane was 'The Nutcracker'.

  • William Shea

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Engineer; Gunner | 97th Bomb Group
    Sergeant. Shea flew 50 missions, he was originally with the 8th then transferred to 15th AAF and was stationed in Italy. He flew on 'The Nutcracker*. He was shot down on his 50th mission over Naples was captured by the fascists and consigned to Campo...



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Date Contributor Update
01 August 2019 06:44:02 scotisle Changes to media associations

MACR 355

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2019 06:42:42 scotisle Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

MACR 355

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest

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