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42-30233

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-X] Alconbury 16/6/43; Ground looped on return from mission 24/12/43, with John Hubbs, Co-pilot: John Evans, Navigator: A. Stachnik, Bombardier: O.F. Staats, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: D. Koloskio, Radio Operator: E. Lipuma, Ball turret gunner: Z. Ragan, Waist gunner: Ralph Brinson, J. Marron,Tail gunner: W. Harrington, ship later struck by 42-39883; force landed Andrews Field, UK with F. McLane 4/3/44; 37m, Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44 with Harvey Johnson, Bombardier: Bill Downey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Walker, Radio Operator: Bob Hart, Ball turret gunner: Bill Budewitz, Waist gunner: Ira Newport, Waist gunner: Len Henderson,Tail gunner: Jim Johnson (8 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Clyde Northcott, Navigator: John Bowler (2INT); flak KOd #2 and #4, force landed Altenrhein Afd, Switz. Missing Air Crew Report 3765. Returned to the USA Morrison 22/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. RHAPSODY IN FLAK.

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Bowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • William Budewitz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. INT

  • William Downey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. INT

  • Robert Hart

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leonard Henderson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Hubbs

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Harvey Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4230233 'Rhapsody in Flak. ' Landed in Switzerland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frances McLane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Cra Newport

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-30233 'Rhapsody in Flak'. Landed in Switzerland. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • 8th Air Force CARPETBAGGER

    5 April 1944
    17 B-24s from 801BG/406BS are despatched on a CARPETBAGGER Operation to drop weapns and supplies to French partisans. 1 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) shot down by AA fire, vrew were not wearing parachutes. The Tail Gunner baled out wihtout a...

  • 302

    13 April 1944

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 24 December 1943

Ground looped on return from mission 24/12/43. Pilot Lt John Hubbs. (10 x RTD).

Mid Air Collision Andrews Field Great Saling, Braintree, Essex CM7, UK 4 April 1944

Struck by 42-39883; force landed Andrews Field with pilot Lt F McLane 4/3/44.

Crashed Thal, Switzerland 13 April 1944 – 13 April 1944

Missing in Action Augsburg 13/4/44. flak KOd #2 and #4, force landed Altenrhein Airfield, Switzerland. (2 x INT, 8 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR3765.

Returned Stateside Morrison Field, North Bloomfield, OH 44450, USA 22 October 1945

Returned to the USA Morrison 22/10/45. Veteran 37 missions. Sold for Scrap.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 13:24:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, 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

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 20:52:13 simaguire Changes to nicknames
Sources

B17s Over Berlin
Ian L Hawkins

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3765 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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