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42-30354

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Arthur M. Pacha, Ball turret gunner: Leo J. Reynolds, Waist gunner: William J. Williams (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ryal L. Skaggs, Bombardier: Frank F. Wieczerzak, Radio Operator: Bob Piarote, Tail gunner: Elmore S. Loveland (4 evaded capture); Waist gunner: Allen D. Patterson (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Anderlues, six miles NW of Charleroi, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2268. 'SWEET 17' aka 'HUSTLIN' HUSSY'. About the crew and particularly those who evaded capture, some of them only for a time, see website www.evasioncomete.org and search on each crew member's name in the alphabetical list under "Fiches'.

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...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Faroe

    Military | Pilot / Operations Officer | 385th Bomb Group

  • Elmore Loveland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1887. See the full story of his evasion at...

  • Arthur Pacha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Palmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Allen Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin wee his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut. ...

  • Robert Piarote

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy' Evaded, arrested, evaded... (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at http://www...

  • William Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded / Prisoner of War (POW). See the full story of his evasion and capture at...

  • Leo Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Ryal Skaggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Frank Wieczerzak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

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) Belgium 29 January 1944

crashed Anderlues / Fontaine-L'Evêque, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 12:47:49 ED-BB Changes to description, events and mission associations
Sources

Escape & Evasion Reports E&E 1952, 2158 and 2159
MACR 2268

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 22:57:07 hermanns Changes to nicknames
Sources

385th BG website

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2268 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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