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42-31561

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 24/11/43; Kearney 11/12/43; Romulus 17/12/43; Presque Is 20/12/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 24/12/43; 11m, Missing in Action Rostock 24/2/44 with Elmer Costales, Co-pilot: Steve Kish, Bombardier: Lars Skoug, Radio Operator: Lester Seeling, Ball turret gunner: Bob Joyce, Waist gunner: Leaman McCulloch, Waist gunner: Norman Carnie,Tail gunner: Edwin Hays (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Cliff Sahner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Peckacek (2 Killed in Action); flak hit #1 and stabilizer damaged, dropped behind and crash landed Oster Hojst, S of Logumkloster, Den. Missing Air Crew Report 2644. JUST ELMER’S TUNE.

Service

Units

  • 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

    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

People

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Norman Carnie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • Elmer Costales

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • Leaman Culloch

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

  • Edwin Hays

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • Robert Joyce

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • Steve Kish

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • George Peckacek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Clifford Sahner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G 42-31561 left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

  • Lester Seeling

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Rostock, GR on 24 Feb 1944, B-17G #42-3156l left formation with one engine out and the horizontal stabilizer missing and was last seen going down under attack from fighters eventually making an emergency landing at Oster Hojst, Denmark....

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed 6240 Øster Højst, Denmark 24 February 1944 – 24 February 1944

Missing in Action Rostock 24/2/44. Cause - flak hit #1 and stabilizer damaged, dropped behind and crash landed Oster Hojst, S of Logumkloster, Denmark. (8 x POW, 2 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR2644.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2015 22:36:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2644 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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