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42-29957

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17/3/43; Romulus 10/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG Bassingbourn 22/4/43; [GL- ] Earls Colne 12/5/43; Missing in Action Kiel 13/6/43 with Will Roemke, Radio Operator: Elson Frost, Ball turret gunner: Herman Hilbert, Waist gunner: Chas Lewis, Waist gunner: Paul Hunt, Tail gunner: Tom Hamilton (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Wilbur Meyer, Navigator: Bradford Moore, Bombardier: Wilton Power, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Ramirez (4 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed near Kiel, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 15556. HELNO GAL II.

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

  • Elson Frost

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Hamilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herman Hilbert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wilbur Meyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Bradford Moore

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW/ PH

  • Wilton Power

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Ram

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). Read more about Walter Ram here: https://www.medalsofamerica.com/blog/walter-ram-part-1/

  • William Roemke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 June 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15556 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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