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42-31397

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Assigned 353BS/301BG Cerignola 15/12/43; Lucera 1/2/44; Missing in Action 18 missions Regensburg 25/2/44 with Joseph A. Hurley, William J. Mills Jr, Peter Victor Henningsen, William Bothwell (4 Killed in Action); Robert K. Belk, Stanley A. Chmielecki, Lawrence C. Schwandt, Frederick S. Bumpers, William J. Suber (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Winden, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2722.

Service

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 353rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Belk

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Bailed out of B-17 #42-5086 'Wahoo II' over England on return from mission to Munster railroad yards on 10 October 1943. All crew survived. Shot down in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on mission to Regensburg, GR. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Bothwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on a mission to Regensburg, GR. Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Frederick Bumpers

    Military | Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on a mission to Regensburg, GR. A/C crashed S of Klagenfurt, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Stanley Chmielecki

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on a mission to Regensburg, GR. A/C crashed S of Klagenfurt, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Peter Henningsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | MOS 1035 - Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Transferred from the 384th Bombardment Group to the 15th Air Force, 301st Bombardment Group, 353rd Bombardment Squadron. KIA on 25 February 1944, MACR 2722.

  • Joseph Hurley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Mills

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Schwandt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by enemy aircraft in B-17 42-31397 on 25-Feb-44 on a mission to Regensburg, GR. A/C crashed S of Klagenfurt, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2722. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Suber

    Military | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft in B-17 #42-31397 on 25 Feb 1944 on a mission to Regensburg, GR. A/C crashed Winden, Ger. Prisoner of War (POW).

Places

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2020 21:51:08 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Added Production block number and Manufacturer per info from a web search:
See: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17g-15-bo-42-31332-42...

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2020 20:49:19 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 15th AF.
Added connections to the 353rd BS & 301st BG mentioned in A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2017 12:55:03 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

MACR 2722

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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