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42-30274

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8 May 1943; Gore 9 May 1943; Smoky Hill 17 May 1943; Dow Field 5 June 1943; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Horham 15 June 1943; 5 missions. Missing in Action Regensburg 17 August 1943 with a 335BS crew. Pilot 1st Lt Walter A. Baker; Navigator: 2nd Lt Cedric L. Nussbaum; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: T/Sgt Alvin O. Forney; Radio Operator: T/Sgt Walter T. McDermott; Right Waist gunner: S/Sgt William H. Binnebose Jr (Wounded in Action); Left Waist gunner: S/Sgt Roscoe J. Alderman; Tail gunner: S/Sgt Albert G. Bergeron (7 Prisoner of War). Co-pilot: 2nd Lt Martin G. Minnich; Bombardier: 2nd Lt Henry P. Sarnow; Ball turret gunner: Sgt John White (3 evaded capture, with the help of the Belgian COMETE evasion network). Attacked by enemy aircraft on the route going into the target. Was last sighted south of Eupen, Belgium. The damaged aircraft left the formation and 7 chutes were seen to leave the ship, after which the plane exploded. Crashed Mol, SE of Turnhout, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report : MACR 402. For much more details about OUR BAY-BEE and its crew, go to http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

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
  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Roscoe Alderman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA 26 July 1943 on board B-17 #42-30274. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

  • Walter Baker

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

  • Albert Bergeron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

  • William Binnebose

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Served 3 March 1942-1 January 1946. Flew 9 missions, not all on Our Bay-Bee. WIA 26 Jul 1943 B-17 #42-30274. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 17B, Krems. Also wounded while POW, shot when 2 other...

  • Alvin Forney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee'. Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

  • Walter McDermott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

  • Martin Minnich

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Evaded (EVD). Helped by the Belgian Comète evasion network, he was back in England on 23 November 1943. See the story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fminnicmg.html ...

  • Cedric Nussbaum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at http://www.aircrewremembered.com/gallery/index.php?/category/6

  • Henry Sarnow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Evaded (EVD). Helped by the Belgian Comète evasion network, he was back in England on 23 November 1943. See the story of his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fsarnowhp.html ...

  • John White

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    A Ball Turret gunner on B-17 #42-30274, Sgt John White was not a regular "Our Bay-Bee" Crew member. He was flying as a substitute the day they were shot down and it was the only mission he flew with the William Baker crew. He landed in Belgium and...

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 ...

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Mol, Belgium 17 August 1943 – 17 August 1943

Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43. Cause - enemy aircraft damage, dropped back and crashed in Mol, SE of Turnhout, Belgium; (3 x EVD, 7 x POW) - Missing Air Crew Report MACR 402.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2021 07:21:11 ED-BB Changes to description
Sources

Updated website address

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2017 10:35:47 ED-BB Changes to description
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Corrected pilot's first name in Biography; the crew was from the 335BS, the plane from the 334th...

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2017 11:45:17 ED-BB Changes to markings, description and events
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MACR 402

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:23:18 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 10:35:31 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
14 October 2014 20:31:14 Betty Binnebose Lewis Changes to nicknames, markings and description
Sources

daughter, Betty Binnebose Lewis

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 402 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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