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42-29948

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Walla Walla 28/3/43; Metropolitan 13/4/43; Dow Fd 30/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-B] Polebrook 28/5/43; 30m Missing in Action Cognac 31/12/43 with Homer Wells, Co-pilot: Fred Pugsley, Navigator: Arnold Kline, Bombardier: Warren Maney, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Cook, Radio Operator: Fred Wright, Ball turret gunner: Ernie Balsis, Waist gunner: Chas Brown, Waist gunner: Glenn Gienau,Tail gunner: Newlin Happerset (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Cognac, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1979. JENNIE.

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...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ernest Balsis

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Danby

    Military | Major | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Jack Danby served as a navigator with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group, who flew bombing missions out of Polebrook, England. His first mission was on the 21 May 1943 striking submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ...

  • Glenn Gienau

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Julian Gurbindo

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17 #43-38665 on 14 January 1945.

  • Newlin Happersett

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hatcher

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot; Pilot; Group Commanding Officer | 351st Bomb Group
    William Hatcher Jr was born in Grand Rapids, was brought up in Detroit’s north end and attended Northern High School. After his enlistment in the Air Corps, he followed pilot training courses and rose rapidly through the ranks. ...

  • Arnold Kline

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren Maney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Bombardier; Togglier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 31 December 1943 in B-17 #4229948 'Jennie. ' 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) Belgium 31 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1979 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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