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42-31244

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/43; Gr Island 25/10/43; Wilmington 1/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-O] Horham 15/11/43; 15m, with F.G. Vansant, ? crew; crash landed Alfington, Sussex, UK. (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged n/battle damaged 9/2/44.

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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Earl Broxup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Cowdery

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Henry Kerestes

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Medzihrasky

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shortened his last name to "Medzi" after the war.

  • Charles Prince

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighter attacks on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31299 'Junior' maintained formation until finally crashing NW of Beilen, Holland after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Michael Semerski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Sullivan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Trouse

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nordhorn on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97447. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Franklin Vansant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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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
Crashed Alfington, Ottery Saint Mary, Devon EX11, UK

Crash landed Alfington, Sussex, UK. Pilot Lt F G Vansant. (10 x RTD).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 16:21:49 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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