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42-31629

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Presque Is 19/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [J] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Dave Parks, Co-pilot: Floyd Grove, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Kesselmeyer, Radio Operator: Ruben Halverson, Ball turret gunner: Tony Nunes, Waist gunner: Cosmo Fazzio,Tail gunner: George Grebe (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill Ellerbusch, Bombardier: Ed Quinn, Waist gunner: Chas Kerr (3 Prisoner of War); shot down by Fw190, crashed Hohnert-Steinfeld, five miles NE of Schleswig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3664.

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...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Ellerbusch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Gydnia, Poland in B-17 42-31629 9-Apr-44; shot down by Fw190's in target area. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3664 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Cosmo Fazzio

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Gydnia, Poland in B-17 42-31629 9-Apr-44; shot down by Fw190's in target area. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3664 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • George Grebe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Gydnia, Poland in B-17 42-31629 9-Apr-44; shot down by Fw190's in target area. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3664 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Floyd Grove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Gydnia, Poland in B-17 42-31629 9-Apr-44; shot down by Fw190's in target area. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3664 Awards: PH.

  • Ruben Halverson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231629. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Kerr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4231629. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Kesselmeyer

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

  • Anthony Nunes

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Gydnia, Poland in B-17 42-31629 9-Apr-44; shot down by Fw190's in target area. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3664 Awards: DFC, PH, AP, EAME.

  • David Parks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31629, Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Edward Quinn

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Gydnia, Poland in B-17 42-31629 9-Apr-44; shot down by Fw190's in target area. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3664 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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 9 April 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3664 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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