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42-31467

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Grenier 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-J] Deenethorpe 6/1/44. Missing in Action Frankfurt 2 March 1944 with William G. Sheahan, Co-pilot: Elliott B. Ogden, Navigator: Robert O. Davis, Bombardier: Douglas M. Conway, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Richard W. Rickey, Radio Operator: Donald W. Silverstein, Waist gunner: Seymour Falk (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Hazard Justice, Waist gunner: Roger T. Leking,Tail gunner: John W. O’Mara (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, exploded mid air, crashed Falaën-St-Gérard, near Mettet, 10 miles SW of Namur, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2742. SAC HOUND.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Clifford Barker

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Barker, a native of Yorktown, Ind., was a burly 6-foot-2 inch forward on the 1948 Kentucky team that finished the season with a 36-3 record, the national title and the nickname of the Fabulous Five. The other starters were Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones at...

  • Douglas Conway

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Douglas Conway was Bombardier on B-17 “Sac Hound” 42-31467 when it was shot down by German Me109 fighters over Belgium on the 2 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt, Germany. MACR 2742. He managed to evade capture, helped by Belgian citizens and members of...

  • Harold Cyr

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down during bombing mission over Brunswick, Germany 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37856 'Fancy Nancy III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Davis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Robert Davis was Navigator on B-17 “Sac Hound” 42-31467 when it was shot down by German Me109 fighters over Belgium on the 2 March 1944 mission to Frankfurt, Germany. MACR 2742. He managed to evade capture, helped by Belgian citizens and members of the...

  • Seymour Falk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed SW of Namur, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'. Prisoner of War (POW). Honorably discharged 3 November 1945.

  • Stanley Johnson

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down during bombing mission over Brunswick, Germany 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37856 'Fancy Nancy III. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hazard Justice

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed SW of Namur, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Roger Leking

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed SW of Namur, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'. Killed in Action (KIA). Roger Leking was a substitute Right Waist Gunner on that mission, the regular RWG on...

  • John O'Mara

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed SW of Namur, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'. Killed in Action (KIA). As well as NARA's WWII Enlistment records as the WWII Army Air Forces casualties...

  • Elliott Ogden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed SW of Namur, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 2 March 1944

shot down by enemy aircraft; crashed Falaën-St-Gérard, near Mettet, about 10 miles SW of Namur, Belgium.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2019 16:24:02 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2742

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2742 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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