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42-31627

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Gt Falls 1/12/43; Cheyenne 3/12/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Roy Graves, Co-pilot: Wayne McLeod, Navigator: Jim Salay, Bombardier: Herbert Witte, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Horace Gillespie, Radio Operator: Weldon Brown, Ball turret gunner: Harry Moberg, Waist gunner: Don Lillehaug, Waist gunner: Bob Kent (9 Killed in Action); Tail gunner: Eldon Williams (Prisoner of War); mid air coll with 42-31595 wreckage, crashed near Treuenbrietzen, SW of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3198.

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

  • Weldon Brown

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Horace Gillespie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Roy Graves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kent

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Donald Lillehaug

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Wayne McLeod

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harold Moberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • James Salay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eldon Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herbert Witte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Rammed by an ME410 and crashed SW of Berlin on a mission to Erkner-Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-31627. Killed in Action (KIA).

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 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 23:26:03 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3198 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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