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42-29955

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/3/43; Smoky Hill 5/4/43; Presque Is 29/4/43; Assigned 427BS/305BG [GN-I] Chelveston 16/5/43; 24m Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Capt Addell Cote, Co-pilot: Clarry Bixler, Navigator: Wilbur Barnhill, Bombardier: John Hull body washed up Terschelling Is, Hol. 13/2/44, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Arter, Radio Operator: Vaughn Reaves, Ball turret gunner: Cecil May, Waist gunner: Theo Gomes, Waist gunner: John Micek, Tail gunner: Paul Gunsauls (10 KIA - rest of crew never found); mech fault, crashed Den Helder, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1324. MR FIVE BY FIVE.

Service

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Arter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wilbur Barnhill

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Bixler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Addell Cote

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Theodore Gomes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1324.

  • Paul Gunsauls

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229955 'Mr. Five By Five'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Hull

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Cecil May

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1324.

  • John Micek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five'. Took off from Molesworth, assigned target Bremen. Left formation under control at 10,000 feet and was last seen at 1230 hours south of Haringen, Holland with its wheels down. An SOS was...

  • Vaughn Reaves

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29955 'Mr. Five By Five', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1324.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Places

  • 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 April 2021 08:05:48 PaulN Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

B-17 database in possession of subscriber

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2020 20:19:55 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF mission #138 for 26 Nov 1943.

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2020 18:53:18 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1324 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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