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42-30244

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 9/6/43; transferred 388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 18/6/43; with J.M. Adams force landed Bassingbourn AFB 16/9/43; 39m, Missing in Action Eberfeld 5/1/44 with Andy Williams, Navigator: George Thomas, Bombardier: Gene Schienburg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Westfall, Radio Operator: Paul Levinson, Ball turret gunner: George Ganster, Waist gunner: Harry Hunke, Waist gunner: Don Lynch, Tail gunner: Joe Booker (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Gene Davila (EVD - ret UK 7/9/44); crashed Lambourg, near Mesmil-Martinsart, 16 miles S of Arras, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1687. HOLY TERROR.

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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Carlton Beck

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew missions as a Radio Operator with the Leonard Jeffers crew in the second half of 1943. Flew in "Cuddle Cat (42-37734) , "Holy Terror" (42-30244) and "Flak Fed Gal" (Serial ?) - Completed tour.

  • Joseph Booker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30244 'Holy Terror'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harry Conley

    Military | Observer; Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA 10 Oct 1943 in B-17 #42-30244. Pilot of B-17 #42-3202 'Blondie' and B-17 #42-30182 'Blondie II'. PH

  • Robert Cozens

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

  • Eugene Davila

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30244 'Holy Terror'. Plane crashed into Channel. Evaded.

  • George Ganster

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30244 'Holy Terror'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Hunke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30244 'Holy Terror'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Levinson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30244 'Holy Terror'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Lindley

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

  • Donald Lynch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30244 'Holy Terror'. Plane crashed into Channel. 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...

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • 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...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 16 September 1943

Force landed Bassingbourn AFB 16/9/43.

Crashed Lambourg, 35630 Saint-Brieuc-des-Iffs, France 5 January 1944 – 5 January 1944

Missing in Action Eberfeld 5/1/44. Crashed Lambourg, near Mesmil-Martinsart, 16 miles S of Arras, France. (9 x POW, 1 x EVD) Missing Air Crew Report 1687.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 21:36:12 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 14:26:50 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 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1687 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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