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42-31546

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Bangor 9/12/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-C] Rougham 2/1/44; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Alwin Kocher, Co-pilot: Henry Wallace, Navigator: Metro Wozniak, Bombardier: Ed Moreau, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Wood, Ball turret gunner: Joe Anderson, Waist gunner: Gil Dobrinski, Tail gunner: Elmer Alderman (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Martin Egan, Waist gunner: Herb Chase died in hospital of wounds (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Hopfen Lake, two miles NW of Fussin/Allgau, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3227. THE OLD SARGE.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Elmer Alderman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation and crashed NNW of Fussen/Allgau, GR after nine of the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation...

  • Herbert Chase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation...

  • Gilbert Dobrinski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 16 March 1944 in B-17 #4231546 'Old Sarge. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Martin Egan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation and crashed NNW of Fussen/Allgau, GR after nine of the crew baled out. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alwin Kocher

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation...

  • Edmond Moreau

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation...

  • Henry Wallace

    Military | Major | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Flew 13 combat missions. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge...

  • William Wood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation...

  • Metro Wozniak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Upon landing on return from a combat mission that was recalled on 9 Feb 1944, the right landing gear failed on B17F #42-3109. RTD. Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsburg/Ulm, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31546 'Old Sarge' fell out of formation...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 16 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2021 18:04:35 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2017 18:43:44 supertruck19 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Plane was The Old Sarge, not The Old Barge. Update provided by co-pilot Ed Wallace's son, Bill Wallace

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3227 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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