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42-31552

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG [ -H] Glatton 26/1/44; damaged in return from mission crash landed base 4/5/44 Waist gunner: Edwin Waggoner (Killed in Service– in the crash); Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Gerald Kerr, Co-pilot: Art Lindskoog, Navigator: Ed Schilling, Bombardier: Milton Levine (4 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ernie Hegedus, Ball turret gunner: Sam Younger, Waist gunner: Harry Ahlfors,Tail gunner: Don Boyle (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Finneran (INT); flak KO’d two engines, then a third was lost and bail out order readied, crashed Pratigau, near Davos, Switz; Missing Air Crew Report 6926. MY BUDDY.

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...

  • 748th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Alhfors

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 #4231552 POW

  • Donald Boyle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 #4231552 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Leon Finneran

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    12 July 44, B-17 #42-31552, crashed in Switzerland. Interned in Switzerland.

  • Ernest Hegedus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland in B-17 #4231552 on 7/12/44 POW

  • Gerald Kerr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland in B-17 #4231552

  • Melvin Levine

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17 #4231552, crashed in Switzerland.

  • Arthur Lindskoog

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 July 1944 in B-17 #4231552 AM/ PH

  • Edward Schilling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 12 July 1944 in B-17 #4231552 Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland

  • Edwin Waggoner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 4 May 1944. B-17G 42-31552 'My Buddy'. AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Samuel Younger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak and crashed in Switzerland on 7/12/44 in B-17 #42-31552, Prisoner of War (POW).

Places

  • 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 12 July 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 21:45:12 Pete Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2018 21:43:29 Pete Changes to media associations
Sources

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6926 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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