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42-30249

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 4/6/43;

Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-X] Gt Ashfield 26/6/43;

Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Earle Frye, Waist gunner: Tony Ornatek, Tail gunner: Glen Emerson (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Dick Miller, Navigator: John Bartemus, Bombardier: Tom Hollingsworth, Radio Operator: George Steele, Ball turret gunner: Bob Williams, Waist gunner: Regis Maroney (6 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Pifer (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Ligay, three miles S of Monchy-Breton, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 1899. EL SABO aka RAUNCHY WOLF.

Service

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Baled out of B-17 #42-30264 'Dorsal Queen' Midair collision with 'Raunchy Wolf' on return from mission near Paris. Plane crashed at Tillingham Hall Farm, Essex. 26 Sept 1943. Adams was the only crewman able to bail out. ...

  • John Bartemus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249 'Raunchy Wolf. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Rex Cantrell

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak before reaching the V-site target in the Pas-de-Calais, FR area on 13 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-39901 'Star Dust' returned to England and made an emergency landing at RAF Detling, Kent. RTD.

  • Glen Emerson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249 'Raunchy Wolf'' Evaded.

  • Earl Frye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249 'Raunchy Wolf' Evaded.

  • Thomas Hollingsworth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6th mission 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249'Raunchy Wolf' Prisoner of War (POW) in Barth, Germany, Stalag Luft I until 13 May 1945. AM/ POW

  • Regis Maroney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249 'Raunchy Wolf' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Richard "Moose" Miller was shot down on 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249 'Raunchy Wolf' and became Prisoner of War (POW). This was his third mission. ...

  • Anthony Ornatek

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30249 ''Raunchy Wolf', Evaded (EVD).

  • Frank Pifer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230249 'Raunchy Wolf' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2021 21:34:46 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 08:03:41 Emily Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

Moved source information added by Phil Marchese to markings field to source message for UPL 30259 & removed association to media on this record as per this information

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 15:41:22 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Baugher Army aircraft serial numbers.

Marchese, FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 15:36:22 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings
Sources

See FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945, Marchese

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 11:34:48 Lucy May Changes to markings
Sources

Added information about the aircraft's markings from memory sent to the museum about the co-pilot Richard M Miller.

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 11:28:28 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, description, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Added Associations based on information in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1899 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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