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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/12/43; Gr Island 24/12/43; Detroit 25/1/44; Presque Is 30/1/44; Assigned 652BS/25BG Watton 325Photo Wing 5/2/44; crashed on take off for weather recon to Azores 6/6/44 with Clarry Stephenson, Co-pilot: Joe Ward, Navigator: Gene Swiatnicki, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Earl Westerholm, Ball turret gunner: Leon Licurse (5 Killed in Service); Radio Operator: Joe Minery,Tail gunner: Keith Clinton, ET-Lt Marvin Rogers (3RTD with minor injuries); Salvaged 8/9/44.

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. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 652nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Keith Clinton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 9-May-44 the mission to the Azores was routine until the last leg. Just out from Land's End when all hell broke loose. There was a terrible metal ripping sound and some explosions. Bullets and 20mm shells ripped...

  • Leonard Licurse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on take off for weather recon to Azores 6-Jun-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Joseph Minery

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 9-May-44 the mission to the Azores was routine until the last leg. Just out from Land's End when all hell broke loose. There was a terrible metal ripping sound and some explosions. Bullets and 20mm shells ripped...

  • Clarence Stephenson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 9-May-44 the mission to the Azores was routine until the last leg. We were out from Land's End when all hell broke loose. There was a terrible metal ripping sound and some explosions. Bullets and 20mm shells...

  • Eugene Swiatnicki

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 9-May-44 the mission to the Azores was routine until the last leg. We were out from Land's End when all hell broke loose. There was a terrible metal ripping sound and some explosions. Bullets and 20mm shells...

  • Joseph Ward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed fatally on take off for weather recon to Azores 6-Sep-44 Killed in Action(KIA). Awards: AM (OLC)

  • Earl Westerholm

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Aerial Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 9-May-44 the mission to the Azores was routine until the last leg. Just out from Land's End when all hell broke loose. There was a terrible metal ripping sound and some explosions. Bullets and 20mm shells ripped...

Places

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 11 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 11-Dec-43.

Assigned Watton, Thetford IP25, UK 5 February 1944

Assigned 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Watton, Thetford IP25, UK 6 June 1944

Crashed on take off for weather recon to Azores 6-Jun-44. 3 x RTD, 5 x KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 05:22:12 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/old/get_one_mission.php?mission_id=1470
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2018 05:19:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.8thafhs.com/old/get_one_mission.php?mission_id=1470
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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