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42-31725

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 23/12/43; Romulus 7/1/43; Presque Is 9/1/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-L] Polebrook 31/1/44; 33m Missing in Action Oschersleben 30/5/44 with Crawford Hicks, Co-pilot: Gene Bianco, Navigator: Hardy Mitchener, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Young, Radio Operator: Ulis Briggs, Ball turret gunner: Steve Vasilik, Waist gunner: Lowell Reed, Waist gunner: Marvin Allen,Tail gunner: Ken Gelderman (9 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Lester Kunz (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft caused severe damage, crashed Holzbalge, four miles NW of Nienburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5236. LIL’ GINNY.

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. ...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Marvin Allen

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Bianco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ulis Briggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Kenneth Geldermann

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). Broke an ankle when he bailed out. POW

  • Crawford Hicks

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    10 missions during May 1944. Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). AM/ POW

  • Lester Kunz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Hardy Mitchener

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lowell Reid

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stephen Vasilik

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Young

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31725 'Casa de Embriagos'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 02:25:39 phil marchese Changes to production block number, nicknames and markings
Sources

AAM associated image.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 20:40:17 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations
Sources

Added connections to the 8th AF and to the 8th AF mission for 30 May 1944.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 20:27:42 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2020 20:14:58 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the "Summary Description" for the pilot, Crawford Hicks.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2019 05:28:33 bradebaugh Changes to media associations
Sources

internet

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2019 05:26:48 bradebaugh Changes to nicknames
Sources

internet

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5236 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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