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42-30674

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 10/7/43; Grand Isle 28/7/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 3/9/43 DESTINY'S TOT; then CINCINNATI QUEEN; with N.S. Rothschild force landed RAF Netheravon 4/10/43; with Rich Smith force landed Metfield AFB 16/12/43. 19m Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30 December 1943 with Dick Smith, Co-pilot: Bill Booher, Navigator: Lou Feingold, Bombardier: Warren Tarkington, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Morrison, Radio Operator: Alphonse Mele, Ball turret gunner: Jerry Eshuis (7 evaded capture); Waist gunner: Tony Onesi, Waist gunner: Bob Adams, Tail gunner: Tom Hearn (3 Prisoner of War); crashed St Justin, near Thieux, 15 miles NE of Beauvais, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2024. KATHY JANE III.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30674 'Kathy Jane III', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Booher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded.

  • William Booher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Jerry Eshuis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30674 'Kathy Jane III', Evaded (EVD). Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

  • Louis Feingold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded.

  • Thomas Hearn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Alphonse Mele

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded.

  • Kenneth Morrison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30674 'Kathy Jane III'. Evaded.

  • Anthony Onesi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-30674 'Kathy Jane III', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 #4230674 'Kathy Jane III. ' Evaded. Air Medal

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

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
Failed to return 30 December 1943

shot down and crashed near Thieux/Campremy, 22km NE of Beauvais (Oise), France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 15:08:14 Silentrift63 Changes to media associations
Sources

Source: Richard M Smith Pilot

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 01:18:00 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2019 10:30:47 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2024
Freeman's "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story"

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2024 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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