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B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17G #42-31060 was delivered to Cheyenne 11/9/43; Assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group [GN-N] and arrived at Molesworth on 18 October 1943. It was nicknamed "Poque Ma Hone" or POGUE-MA-HONE. (Gaelic for Kiss My Ass!)

Reported as Missing in Action while on bombing mission to synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany on 9 February 1945. After colliding with #43-39149 (No Name), piloted by 2Lt. Robert J. Barrat, "Poque Ma Hone" tried to make its way to Allied controlled territory in Poland. It crashed near the village of Jaraczewo (south-east of Poznan). Salvaged n/battle damaged.

From a crew of nine, 5 were Killed in Action (KIA), 1 became a Prisoner of War (POW) and 3 Returned to Duty (RTD).

Alf Nemer, Odus Litzelfelner, Pete Volpini, Marion Canfield, Floyd Doherty were Killed in Action); Floyd Bohrer became a Prisoner of War; Henry Schulz, Howard Ganson and Paul Kerr Returned to Duty;

See Missing Air Crew Report 12245.



  • 43-39149

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 3/2/45; Missing in Action Lutzkendorf 9/2/45 with Bob Barrett, Dean Harvey, Shirl Best, Bill Karp, Ray Reiss, Matt Lastrowicz, Lou Linhart, Herb Link (8 Killed in Action); George...


  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 427th Bomb Squadron


  • Floyd Bohrer

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) as a result of surviving 9 February 1945 incident in which 5 crew members were killed.

  • Marion Canfield

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in action

  • Floyd Doherty

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Howard Ganson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    9 February 1945 returned from bombing mission to a synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany in which 5 other crew members were killed.

  • Edwin Katz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Mission to Mannheim, hit by flak, his body returned aboard 44-8484. 13-Jan-45, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (4OLC), EAME, PH.

  • Paul Kerr

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Survivor of incident 9 February 1945 in which five crewmembers were killed.

  • Robert Landry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    From January 1943, men of the 303rd Bombardment Group modified steel flak helmets to enable them to be worn directly over flying helmets fitted with earphones. 1st Lieutenant Robert Landry, wrote in 1997, "(this) flak helmet was worn on 32 missions (B...

  • Odus Litzelfelner

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Alfred Nemer

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action. See Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 12245.

  • Henry Schulz

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group

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  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Jaraczewo

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Jaraczewo, Poland 9 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2019 21:24:33 Pete Changes to media associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 10:13:47 Lucy May Changes to description and aircraft associations

Added information provided by Michal Kovalski from these sources:

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 11:54:17 Kovalski Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12245 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database