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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/11/43; Kearney 17/11/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [ET-R] Horham 13/12/43; S/Sgt Gardner Wright (Killed in Action) 11/4/44; with G. R. Hall force landed RAF Woodbridge 12/12/44, all OK; Missing in Action [97m] Strasburg 20/1/45 with Capt Frank F Beard, Co-pilot: James R Wagner, Navigator: Mervin L Hayne, Bombardier: Maurice O Messenger, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John T Griffth Wounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: George E Treese,Tail gunner: James F Boyer (7 Returned to Duty); Radio Operator: Raleigh J Solomon, Waist gunner: Robert M Gallop (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed (Lerchenberg?) near Eutsheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 12320. ROARIN' BILL.



  • 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

    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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron


  • Frank Beard

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Boyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Gallop

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Griffith

    Military | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Hayne

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Maurice Messenger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Completed 21 Bomb Missions over Germany, 15 as Lead crew Bombardier on Robert C. Newman's crew, 6 as Wing Bombardier on Frank Beard's crew. Shot down forcing crash landings Jan 20, 1945 and Feb. 20, 1945, both in friendly territory. Also on 3 chow...

  • Robert Shaffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Raleigh Solomon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • George Treese

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    22 missons from 14 January to 31 March 1945. Then several food missions and carried ground crews over Germany to show destruction. EAME w/ 3 Battle Stars/ GC

  • James Wagner

    Military | 95th Bomb Group

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  • 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....


Event Location Date
Combat casualty 11 April 1944

S/Sgt Gardner Wright (Killed in Action) 11/4/44.

Crashed Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK 12 December 1944

Force landed RAF Woodbridge 12/12/44. Pilot Lt G R Hall.

Crashed Germany 20 January 1945 – 20 January 1945

Missing in Action Strasburg 20/1/45. Cause - flak, crashed (Lerchenberg?) near Eutsheim, Germany; (7 x RTD, 2 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR12320.


Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 20:22:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12320 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database