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42-30433

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/43; Gore 2/6/43; Smoky Hill 12/6/43; Rapid City 19/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-U] Rougham 5/7/43 JIMMY BOY; Missing in Action Posnan 11/4/44 with Merrill Vaughn, Co-pilot: Bob Bogner, Navigator: Gordon Allen, Bombardier: Frank Howard (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ray Johnston, Radio Operator: Bob Roberts, Ball turret gunner: Tom Roberts, Waist gunner: Harry Manley, Waist gunner: Ralph Amedola, Tail gunner: Jess Ronaldo (6 Killed in Action); set on fire by enemy aircraft, Vaughn set course for Sweden but crashed Angeln, N of Keppeln, 16 miles SE of Flensburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4437. MISS DONNA MAE.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Gordon Allen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Amendola

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Bogner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Orville Draeger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    07/17/43 Assigned to the 331st Bomb Squadron. 10/15/43 Transferred to the 482nd Bomb Group. (w/ Quincy V. Miller Jr. Crew)

  • Frank Howard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Johnston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Manley

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Roberts

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jess Ronaldo

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230433 'Miss Donna Mae. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2022 20:03:04 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4437 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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