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42-30161

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Walla Walla 5/7/43; Smoky Hill 21/5/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 336BS/95BG [ET-B] Horham 18/6/43; 12m, Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with John Cabeen, Co-pilot: Jack Trowbridge, Navigator: Bert Johnston, Bombardier: Tom Streibich, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Grady Hewgley, Radio Operator: Bill Rouse, Ball turret gunner: Howard Champlain, Waist gunner: Merle Garrett, Waist gunner: Norman Forney,Tail gunner: Joe Palazzo (10 Prisoner of War); flak hit KO’d #1, dropped behind heading for Switzerland and crashed southern Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 547. CUDDLE CAT.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron
  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Cabeen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Howard Champlain

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Norman Forney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Merle Garrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Grady Hewgley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Bertnald Johnston

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Palazzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 42-30161 'Cuddle Cat. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Rouse

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Zach Stanborough

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 22 combat missions and 4 humanitarian missions with the 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force (Horham Airfield, England) -- Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, 3 Presidential Unit Citations, European Theatre of...

  • Thomas Striebich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Germany 6 September 1943 – 6 September 1943

Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43. Flak hit KO’d #1, dropped behind, heading for Switzerland and crashed southern Germany; (10 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR547.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2019 07:58:16 EveyBl Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal records of the family of Zach T. Stanborough; U.S. Archives; 95th Bomb Group Archives Database; 95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation Database; Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2019 07:54:33 EveyBl Changes to media associations
Sources

Personal records of the family of Zach T. Stanborough; U.S. Archives; 95th Bomb Group Archives Database; 95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation Database; Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2015 20:10:39 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 547 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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