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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Romulus 17/12/43; Grenier 19/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Horham 26/12/43; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 27/9/44 with Benedict B Busse, rest unknown; one engine out, force landed France, Salvaged 29/11/44. BERLIN BESSIE.

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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bessemer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat mission. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • M Brudner

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

  • Robert Bugie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, Unit Citation, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Benedict Busse

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Ernest Cool

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 4th Fighter Group
    21 JUN 44 Participated in Operation FRANTIC II, the Russia Shuttle mission. (RTB 3 JUL)

  • James Garland

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Henry Held

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hutchings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD ...

  • Wilford Mack

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Master Sergeant

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Missions

  • 651

    27 September 1944

Places

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed France 27 September 1944

Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 27/9/44. One engine out, force landed France.

Salvaged France 29 November 1944

Salvaged.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 13:56:22 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 13:30:20 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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