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42-31299

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Memphis 5/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 12/11/43; on practice mission 4/12/43 with Glenn Infield, Co-pilot: Louis Reno, Navigator: Melvin Fledeboe, Radio Operator: Chas Merrman, etg-Z.A. Topolski (5 Returned to Duty) brakes failed on landing; 17m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Garland Lloyd, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Marion Gilmor, Radio Operator: John Janssen, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Rice, Waist gunner: George Robinson, Waist gunner: Porter Hyght,Tail gunner: Vic Valek (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Willys Jones, Navigator: Elton Skinnerret UK by 11/9/44, Bombardier: Russ Allman (3 evaded capture); enemy aircraft, crashed two miles NW of Hijken, Beilen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 2999. SHE'S MY GAL II aka JUNIOR.

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

  • Marion Gillmor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret 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

  • Porter Hyght

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right 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

  • Glenn Infield

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 28 B-17 missions. Wrote the book Big Week. DFC, AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • 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

  • Garland Lloyd

    Military | First Lieutenant | 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). ...

  • Ralph Rice

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret 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

  • 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

  • Elton Skinner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 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. Evaded.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 4 December 1943

On practice mission 4/12/43 with pilot Glenn Infield brakes failed on landing.

Crashed Hijkerweg, Beilen, Netherlands 6 March 1944 – 6 March 1944

Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed two miles NW of Hijken, Beilen, Holland. (7 x POW, 3 x EVD) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 2999.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 18:57:29 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-31299&Submit6=Go

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2999 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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