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42-3090

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio Operator: Carl Cameron, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rex Neely, Waist gunner: Guy Tice, Waist gunner: Arlie Arneson, Tail gunner: Bill Whitcombe (10 Returned to Duty); Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-C] Alconbury 2/5/43; 1m (Ball turret gunner: J.R. Miller Wounded in Action), transferred 359BS/351BG [YB-N] Polebrook 17/6/43; suffered battle damage and sent to 2 BAD CCRC on return 10/11/43; Salvaged 18/6/45 13+m. T'AINT A BIRD.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 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...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    Group
    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 359th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arlie Arneson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Thomas crew. 24 x combat missions. POW ...

  • Carl Cameron

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight engineer, Top turret gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. On 7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. RTD ...

  • Collis Haynes

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 missions. After his tour of duty, recommended to return to the US to become an instructor in Flying Training Command. ...

  • Jack Kern

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group

  • Rex Neely

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 7-Apr-43, B-17 42-3090 'Taint-a-bird' force landed near Clonakilty, County Cork Ireland. Crew was safe. ...

  • William Prochaska

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator, Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. ...

  • Marcel St Louis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • James Stapleton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Thomas crew. 25 x combat missions. ...

  • William Thomas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 27 x combat missions. ...

  • Floyd Thompson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner; Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Thomas crew. 25 x combat missions. ETD ...

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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...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland 7 April 1943

En route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43. Pilot Lt Bill Thomas.

Combat damaged 10 November 1943

Suffered battle damage and sent to 2 Base Air Depot [Combat Crew Replacement Centre] on return 10/11/43.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2022 17:48:49 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-3090&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2022 06:05:15 Ross Smith Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Added production block

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2022 19:53:58 Ross Smith Changes to media associations
Sources

http://www.ww2irishaviation.com/clonakilty.htm
https://www.facebook.com/WestCorkModelRailwayVillage/photos/7th-april-19...
http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/212086-b-17-experts...

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2021 22:46:30 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 10:04:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-3090&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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