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42-31653

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Helena 4/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; New Castle 17/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-V] Rougham 26/12/43 ERIE FERRY; Missing in Action Bohlen 11/9/44 with Merle Green, Co-pilot: Irving Metzger, Navigator: Frank Jones, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lou Lehere, Radio Operator: Pete Riley, Ball turret gunner: Jim Gegenheimer, Waist gunner: George Ostrowski (7 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Jack Williams, Tail gunner: Sid Hatfield (2 Killed in Action); mid air collision with #42-97153 (94BG) badly damaging nose, crashed Lieblos, W of Gelnhausen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8840. KAC'S FLAK SHACK aka GREEN HORNETS.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Preston Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PUC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Mark Counihan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Leading Lady' on many missions. Active during Normandy invasions. ...

  • Lawrence Dunn

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of Lt Verner A Wertsch crew as ball turret gunner, up till them becoming lead pathfinder crew in 333BS (30-Apr-44), as the ball turret was replaced by the mickey radome. 'Left back at 410th BS as a spare'

  • Lloyd Elliott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio | 94th Bomb Group
    "33 Raids to Hell and Back" Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF as lead crew. Flew 32 combat missions from 9 April to 1 September 1944. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Gegenheimer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Gelnhausen on 9/11/44 in B-17 Green Hornets #4231653 POW Stalag Luft IV Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust)

  • Richard Getz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Wounded in Action (WIA). Returned to ZI, due to wounds. Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Merle Green

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Enlisted Sept. 9th, 1942. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Gelnhausen on 9/11/44 in B-17 Green Hornets #4231653 POW

  • Sidney Hatfield

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Gelnhausen in B-17 Green Hornets #4231653

  • Walter Howard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Mid-air collision of B-17 Daring Doris #42-42-97153 with #42-31653 on the 11 September 1944 mission to Böhlen, Germany. #42-97153 crashed at Audigast, 10km SW of Böhlen, with 9 KIA. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Frank Jones

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down at Gelhausen on 9/11/44 in B-17 Green Hornets #4231653 POW Stalag 9C Bad Sulza Saxe-Weimar

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Missions

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2020 18:58:46 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2019 17:41:53 Justin Burke Changes to mission associations
Sources

Flight Roster from 94th Bomb Group Facebook page research team. Look for upload of that roster in this media.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8840 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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