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42-31748

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 10/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Oklahoma City 16/1/44; Tinker 1/2/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-V] Polebrook 19/2/44; 42m Missing in Action Creil 13/7/44 with Cleo Aldridge, Co-pilot: Donovan Hart, Navigator: Stan Cressey, Bombardier: Glenn Ballantyne, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frank Knapp, Ball turret gunner: Carl Irwin, Waist gunner: Don Gristmacher,Tail gunner: Art Bevier (8 Prisoner of War); Radio Operator: Tom Marshall (KIA – chute failed); flak KO’d oxygen system, all crew bailed out, crashed Neuffen, SE of Stuttgart, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7504.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Cleo Aldridge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42-31748, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Glenn Ballantye

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #4231748 POW

  • Arthur Bevier

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Jul. 13, 1944

  • Stanley Cressey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #4231748

  • Don Gristmacher

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #4231748 POW

  • Donovan Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #4231748 POW

  • Carl Irwin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #42-31748. Prisoner of War (POW) POW

  • Kenneth Jockel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | armorer Gunner 612 | 351st Bomb Group

  • Frank Knapp

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #4231748

  • Thomas Marshall

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and crashed near Neuffen on 7/13/44 in B-17 #4231748 Killed. All other crew POW

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 July 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7504 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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