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42-30192

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 5/6/43; Assigned 379 Kimbolton 5/6/43; transferred 335BS/95BG [OE-Y] Horham 27/6/43; 5m, Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Bob Jutzi, Co-pilot: R.D. Paterson, Bombardier: Wilbur Collins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Knotts (4 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Ralph Guinzburg died in captivity 29/11/43, Ball turret gunner: Leland Bernhardt, Waist gunner: Warren Wylie, Waist gunner: Philbert Corneau (4 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Bob Randall body washed up at Flushing later in day, Tail gunner: Harry Jordan (2 Killed in Action); flak KO’d #3 causing severe damage & no oxygen; ditched six miles off Dover, Kent, picked up by RAF Walrus Air Sea Rescue X9526, but had to taxi back to shore; Missing Air Crew Report 217.

Service

Units

  • 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

People

  • Leland Bernhardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30192, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Campbell

    Military | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA 26 Jul 1943 B-17 #42-30192

  • Wilbur Collins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30192. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30276 'Terry and the Pirates', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Philbert Comeau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kassel in B-17 42-30192 30-Jul-43; Shot down. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 217 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Guinzburg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 30-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30192. Returned to base. Shot down 29-Nov-43 in B-17 42-6039, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1560 Awards: AM (OLC), PH (2OLC), Soldiers medal.

  • Harold Jordan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30192, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Jutzi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30192. Returned to base. Shot down 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30276 'Terry and the Pirates', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Knotts

    Military | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30192. Returned to base. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-30271 'Bomb Boogie'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Lindley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Patterson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 July 1943 in B-17 42-30192. Returned to base.

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

Places

  • 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....

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Off Dover, Kent, UK 30 July 1943 – 30 July 1943

Missing in Action Kassel 30-Jul-43. Cause - flak KO’d #3 engine causing severe damage & no oxygen; ditched six miles off Dover, Kent, picked up by RAF Walrus Air Sea Rescue X9526, but had to taxi back to shore; (4 x POW, 4 x RTD, 2 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR217.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2022 18:54:18 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 18:57:49 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2015 18:46:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission 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 217 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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