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42-31615

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Portland 28/11/43; Wendover 9/12/43; Presque Is 26/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [N] Glatton 5/2/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 20/6/44 with Bill Bomer, Co-pilot: Jack Lade, Navigator: Chas Curione, Bombardier: Robin Hill, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elwood Klien, Radio Operator: Dick Bohl (6 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Bill Kane, Waist gunner: Edwin Tengler,Tail gunner: Alby Leeming (3 Killed in Action); flak hits caused explosion, crashed partially in a swamp at Wardershof Altenwerder, near Hamburg; Missing Air Crew Report 6003. SNAFUSK SHAMROCK. AKA SWEDISH SHAMROCK

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

  • John Akers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot - B-17 Flying Fortress | 457th Bomb Group
    John Akers Jr grew up in Greenville, TX on a cotton farm. Graduated High School May 1939. His days consisted of working the cotton farm with 2 mules and picking the cotton. After seeing the events of Pearl Harbor during his time in the civilian...

  • Richard Bohl

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak at Hamburg on 6/24/44 in B-17 #4231615 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • William Bomer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group

  • Charles Curione

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak at Hamburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #4231615 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Robin Hill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down at Hamburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #4231615 Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • William Kane

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 20 June 1944 in B-17 #4231615 Shot down at Hamburg PH

  • Elwood Klien

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak at Hamburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #4231615 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Jack Lade

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak at Hamburg on 6/20/44 in B-17 #42-31615, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Albert Leeming

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak at Hamburg in B-17 #4231615

  • Laurel Phillips

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 16:54:33 RayWells Changes to description
Sources

Information from Laurel Phillips whose Father, also Laurel, flew on the aircraft

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2020 16:54:01 RayWells Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Information from Laurel Phillips whose Father, also Laurel, flew on the aircraft

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2020 22:48:17 Oliver Akers Changes to nicknames
Sources

updated nickname

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6003 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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