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42-31848

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/12/43; Oklahoma City 12/1/44; Birmingham 14/1/44; Savannah 16/1/44; Morrison 26/1/44; Assigned 347BS/99BG Tortorella 1/2/44; 14m transferred 429BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; Missing in Action Parma 6/7/44 with Bill Runyan, Co-pilot: Ray Haug, Bombardier: Curtis Pfaff, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Miller, Ball turret gunner: Louis Rodriguez, Ball turret gunner: Harry Goulet, Waist gunner: Chas Brouwer-Anchor, Tail gunner: Harry Smith (8 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill McIlhargie, Radio Operator: Paul Olexo [wia] (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, ship exploded, three chutes seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; Missing Air Crew Report 6376.

Service

Units

  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Group
    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 429th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Brouwer-Ancher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Goulet

    Military | Waist Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Haug

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. The A/C was attacked by enemy fighters, started down and blew up at about 14,000 feet. MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William McIlhargie

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. The A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Paul Olexo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Curtis Pfaff

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. The A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Louis Rodriguez

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Runyan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. Attacked by fighters, the A/C started down and blew up at about 14,000 feet. MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Clarence Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group
    Shotdown on 7/6/44 on mission to Verona in B-17 #42-31848. A/C was attacked by enemy fighters and exploded at about 14,000 feet, three chutes were seen, one burning, crashed Rovigo, It; MACR 6376. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2020 04:00:53 jmoore43 Changes to production block number
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Updated Production number per info in MACR 6376.

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2020 00:24:29 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
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Freeman; ...Story...

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 23:04:30 jmoore43 Changes to place associations
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Added a connection to the air base at Amendola mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 22:07:29 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a unit connection to the 15th AF.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 22:01:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 20:22:39 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added connections to 429th BS and 2nd BG mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
04 February 2020 17:45:14 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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