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42-31258

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 24/10/43; Wilmington 4/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 11/11/43; 36m, Missing in Action Brussels 10/4/44 with Ron Thompson, Co-pilot: Blaine Manahan, Navigator: Everett Enstrom, Waist gunner: Bob Moedebeck (4 Killed in Action); Bombardier: John Hedlund, Radio Operator: Grady Justice, Ball turret gunner: Bill Dearing, Waist gunner: Jim Hanrahan (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cliff Golke,Tail gunner: Cletus Hard (2 evaded capture); shot down by Me 109 mid air explosion, crashed Ercis, nine miles W of Creil, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 3648. LUCKY STRIKE. The bombardier in this picture is Louis E Hartley, front row on right end. He was on Lucky Strike for many of its missions. He was also on Ten Aces.

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

  • Russell Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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

  • William Dearing

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 #4231258 'Lucky Strike. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Enstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 #4231258 'Lucky Strike. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clifford Golke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 #4231258 'Lucky Strike. ' Evaded.

  • James Hanrahan

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 #4231258 'Lucky Strike. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Cletus Hard

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 #4231258 'Lucky Strike. ' Evaded.

  • Louis Hartley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    April 22, '44 last mission DFC, Air Medal, 3 pres unit citations

  • John Hedlund

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 April 1944 in B-17 #4231258 'Lucky Strike. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Janssen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 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

  • Willys Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 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

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Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Creil, France 10 April 1944 – 10 April 1944

Failed to return mission to Brussels 10/4/44. Shot down by Me 109 mid air explosion, crashed Ercis, nine miles W of Creil, France. (4 x KIA, 4 x POW, 2 x EVD) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 3648.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2017 18:05:21 gregghartley Changes to description and person associations
Sources

The source is my Fathers log book which is now in the 8th Air Force Museum in Savannah GA

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 17:01:43 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-31258

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3648 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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