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42-31329

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/10/43; Gr Island 3/11/43; Memphis 10/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 15/11/43; with Glen Infield force landed RAF Manston 4/3/44; 25m, Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Jim Reed, Co-pilot: Maj Noel Strader, Navigator: Murray Ball, Bombardier: Bill Gadek, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Blake*, Radio Operator: Clayton Emerson*, Waist gunner: Rich Sherry*, Waist gunner: Willard Buss*,Tail gunner: David Harte (9INT); Ball turret gunner: Henry Gorski (POW, those marked * also given as POW in group aircraft history); crash landed Oberriet-Kriessen, Diepoldsau, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 3229.

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

  • Murray Ball

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Interned.

  • Harry Blake

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Willard Buss

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Clayton Emerson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Gadek

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Interned.

  • Henry Gorski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • David Harte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by ME 109 fighters on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31329 fell out of formation and made a wheels up landing at Diepoldsau, Switzerland after five of the crew baled out. Interned.

  • 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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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 262

    16 March 1944
    The two primary targets for this mission are: the industrial areas of Augsburg, Germany and Friedrichshafen, Germany. A combined force of 720 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The bomber gunners of the combined despatch...

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 Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 4 March 1944

Force landed RAF Manston 4/3/44.

Crashed Oberriet, Switzerland 16 March 1944 – 16 March 1944

Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44. Crash landed Oberriet-Kriessen, Diepoldsau, Switzerland; Missing Air Crew Report 3229.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 20:26:30 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://swissinternees.tripod.com/aircraft.html

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3229 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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