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42-30174

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 13/5/43; Lincoln 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-S] Earls Colne 25/5/43 LADY LUCK II; Rougham 13/6/43, transferred 410BS [GL- ]; Missing in Action Hanover 26/7/43 with Bob Tessier, Co-pilot: Joel Dinger, Navigator: John Garey, Bombardier: Joe Nigl, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Milton Partington, Radio Operator: Bob Shawver, Ball turret gunner: Ernie Lewiscaptured 2/8/43, Waist gunner: Lester Beck,Tail gunner: Elmer Neeson (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Dick Allee (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 90.

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...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Richard Allee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 90 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Lester Beck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 26-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30174 'Gorgeous Hussy'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 90 Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joel Dinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 'Gorgeous Hussy' 26-Jul-43; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Garey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ernest Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Neeson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 26-Jul-43 in B-17 #42-30174 'Gorgeous Hussy', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 90. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME

  • Joseph Nigl

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Milton Partington

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 'Gorgeous Hussy' 26-Jul-43; shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Shawver

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-30174 26-Jul-43; shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Tessier

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 26-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30174 'Gorgeous Hussy'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 90 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Assigned Bury St Edmonds, UK 1943

Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.
Transferred 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Aurich, Germany 26 July 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover; enemy aircraft, crashed Aurich, near Bremen, Germany; MACR 90

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 May 2021 11:02:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29416650
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-30174-lady-luck-ii/

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 90 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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