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42-30649

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/7/43; Kearney 26/7/43; Topeka 14/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-X] Alconbury 31/8/43; Podington 11/9/43; Missing in Action Sorau 11/4/44 with John Harris, Co-pilot: Milton Wilson, Navigator: Jim Goodner, Bombardier: Chas Pettibone, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Obechina, Radio Operator: Clinton Gill, Ball turret gunner: Roger Fuller, Waist gunner: Howard Evans, Waist gunner: Jennings Ball, Tail gunner: Don Cash (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, damage caused explosion in mid-air, crashed Martinsbuettel, five miles W of Fallersleben, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3668. ROSE OLIVE.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Jennings Ball

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-30649, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Cash

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230649. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Howard Evans

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-30649, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roger Fuller

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230649. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clinton Gill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230649. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Jim Goodner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-30649, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230649. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Thomas Obechina

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-30649, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Pittibone

    Military | Private | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230649. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Milton Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4230649. Killed in Action (KIA).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 22:19:20 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3668 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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