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42-31531

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/11/43; Gt Falls 22/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG Rougham 25/1/44; transferred 749BS/457BG [J] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 29/3/44 with Lewis Lennartson,Tail gunner: Omer Fontaine (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Everett Keesee{Wounded in Action}, Navigator: Mariford Markowitz, Bombardier: Gus Fernandez, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Haag, Radio Operator: Bill Graham, Ball turret gunner: Gilbert Goode, Waist gunner: Clyde Garnhart{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Jim Blackwell{Wounded in Action} (8 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Riestedt, four miles NW Klotze, 34 miles NE of Brunswick, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3487.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Blackwell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Augustine Fernandez

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Omer Fontaine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Clyde Garnhart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gilbert Goode

    Military | Private First Class | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Graham

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Haag

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Everett Keesee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and crashed NE of the target after most of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lewis Lennartson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Hit by fighters on a mission to Lechfield, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97063 was forced to ditch in the Channel. All crew rescued and returned to base. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Brunswick, GR on 29 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31531 exploded and...

  • Mariford Markowitz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 March 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3487 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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