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42-30178

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Presque Is 24/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-S] Framlingham 29/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; with J.E. Koehler force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43; 45m, transferred 388BG APH Knettishall 4/44; 803BS RCM Oulton 16/5/44; Missing in Action Oldenburg 1/1/45 with Lts J. Stein & E. Morris (last Aphrodite mission)[remote control of A/C, packed full of Torpex high explosive, crew of 2 baled out over UK]. DARLIN’ DOLLY.

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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 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
  • 803rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Roy Ballard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Cozens

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Command Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Crossley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 333BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EMEA, American Campaign.

  • William Fowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz' 10-Oct-43; shot down, baled out Haakbergen, Holland, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Koehler

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Mitchell McArthur

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herbert Riddle

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Waist Gunner/Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Scroggins

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 53 missions. Shot down twice. First time 04 Jan 44 ditched in North Sea after bombing Kiel, plane was Superstitous Aloysius, RTD was picked up by British Destroyer HMS Verdun. 2nd time 17 Oct 44 crash landed behind U. S. lines in Belgium after...

  • Warren Thomas

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30272 'Fritz Blitz', Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant after serving in WW2, Korea and Vietnam.

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 ...

  • 774

    1 January 1945

Places

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Oulton

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station at which lodged the 803rd Bomb Squadron (P) and later the 36th Bomb Squadron (H) in 1944. Radio Countermeasures detachments also used nearby RAF Foulsham in 1944-45.

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Hardwick, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB23, UK 20 October 1943

Force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43. Pilot Lt John E Koehler.

Crashed Oldenburg, Germany 1 January 1945

Missing in Action on mission to Oldenburg Power Station 1/1/45. (last Aphrodite mission). Shot down by Flak short of target.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:21:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 10:57:25 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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