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42-30634

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/7/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Horham 20/8/43; 30m, Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with John McGuigan, Bombardier: Tom Barron, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Blanchard, Ball turret gunner: Lester McClellan, Waist gunner: Howard Griffin,Tail gunner: Chas Flowers (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Chas Carey, Navigator: Jim Watters, Radio Operator: Jack Harris, Waist gunner: Leland Story (4POW-rescued by Dutch fishermen); flak KO’d #2
attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c, on fire, exploded and crashed North Sea, two miles off coast at Egmond, Holland. (Zuider Zee) Missing Air Crew Report 2423. LIBERTY BELLE.

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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Thomas Barron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Bombardier B-17F 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'. After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary mission to bomb airfields near Hanover, Germany on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c exploded and...

  • Ellsworth Beans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Flew on first daylight bombing raid to Berlin 4 Mar 1944.

  • Frank Bessemer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat mission. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Robert Bessette

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 85BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Edward Komurka and Edmund Barraclough crews. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Top Turret gunner B-17F #42-30634 'Liberty Belle' - After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary missions to bomb airfilds near Hanover, GR on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the A/C exploded and...

  • Robert Bugie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, Unit Citation, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Carey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Co-Pilot B-17F #42-30634 'Liberty Belle' - After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary missions to bomb airfilds near Hanover, GR on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the A/C exploded and crashed in...

  • William Duree

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Edward Komurka, Edmund Barraclough, Horace Beyette crews. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charlie Flowers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner B-17F #42-30634 'Liberty Belle' - After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary missions to bomb airfilds near Hanover, GR on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the A/C exploded and crashed...

  • Howard Griffin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Left Waist Gunner B-17F #42-30634 'Liberty Belle' - After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary missions to bomb airfilds near Hanover, GR on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the A/C exploded and...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 229 LEAFLET DROP

    21 February 1944
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are depatched on a night operation to drop 250 bundles (1,250,000) leaflets on the French cities of Rouen, Caen, Paris and Amiens. There are no losses or claims.

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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed North Sea Off Egmond, Netherlands 21 February 1944 – 21 February 1944

Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44. Flak KO’d #2,
attacked by nine Fw190's. Four crewman baled before the a/c, on fire, exploded and crashed in North Sea, two miles off coast at Egmond, Holland. (Zuider Zee) Missing Air Crew Report 2423.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 09:52:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2423 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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