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42-31798

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 21/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-J] Horham 3/2/44; 15m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Garland Maddox, Navigator: Joe Krecji,Tail gunner: Ed Cunliffe (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Ewalt Kuchling, Bombardier: J.W. Boren, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Louis Brown, Radio Operator: John Jones, Ball turret gunner: Ed Jerstad, Waist gunner: Ray Borden, Waist gunner: Jim Radcliffe, (7 Killed in Action); hit by Fw 190s, crashed Bad Doberan, near Kellerswald, nine miles W of Rostock, Germany. (One record gives some of crew were drowned in Baltic Sea, another record states a Pole says seven crew were killed by hostile civilians at Rostock). Missing Air Crew Report 3801.

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

  • Raymond Borden

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • J Boren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Cunliffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    March 27, 1944- Bombed Cazaux; March 28, 1944-Chateaudun; April 8, 1944-Quackenbruck, April 10, 1944-Beaumont Sur Oise; April 11, 1944-Rostock, Germany. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Jerstad

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Krecji

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ewalt Kuchling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231798. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Garland Maddox

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31798, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Radcliffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31798, Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Bad Doberan, Germany 11 April 1944 – 11 April 1944

Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44. Hit by rockets fired by Fw 190s and set ablaze, crashed Bad Doberan, near Kellerswald, nine miles W of Rostock, Germany. (One record gives some of crew were drowned in Baltic Sea, another record states a Pole says seven crew were killed by hostile civilians at Rostock). (3 x POW, 7 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR3801.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2017 19:50:24 blk69stang Changes to nicknames, description and events
Sources

Name of aircraft update based on firsthand account from interview with Navigator Joseph Krejci I recorded on April 11, 2012. Transcript available here:

http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-history/vet-stories/veterans-interviews/...

Summary of aircraft being shot down edited based detailed review of witness statements in MACR-3801, and interviews with both Navigator Joseph Krejci and gunner Edward Cunliffe. Transcript here:

http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-history/vet-stories/veterans-interviews/...

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 14:55:51 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3801 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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