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42-3190

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43. Bangor 23/5/43. Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-W] Rougham /43 (332BS [QE-W]. Missing in Action Le Bourget 14 July 1943 with Captain Kee H. Harrison (*), Co-pilot: David H. Turner (*), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: James H. Curtis, Navigator: Robert T. Conroy (*), Bombardier: Roscoe F. Greene (*) , Radio Operator: Charles H. McNemar (*) , Ball Turret gunner: Jefferson D. Polk (*), Left Waist gunner: Earl Porath, Right Waist gunner: Richard H. Lewis, Tail gunner: Eino Asiala. Enemy aircraft KO’d #2 & #4 engines; oxygen bottles destroyed. Crash landed Berengeville-la-Campagne, five miles NE of Evreux, France. Those marked with an (*) managed to evade capture and returned to England, the others were made Prisoners of War (POWs). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 114. MR FIVE BY FIVE aka NIP ‘N TUCK. (Restored by Luftwaffe.)

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Eino Asiala

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Eino Asiala was Tail Gunner on B-17 #42-3190, shot down over France, 14 July 1943. Initially evaded, he was captured in Paris at the end of August 1943 and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Conroy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five'. Evaded.

  • James Curtis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    James Curtis was Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-3190, shot down over France, 14 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Roscoe Greene

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five'. Evaded (EVD).

  • Kee Harrison

    Military | Major | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Kee Harrison was Pilot of B-17 #42-3190, shot down 14 July 1943 over France. He evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the French Résistance and was fed, sheltered, clothed and transported all the way to Gibraltar. After having...

  • Richard Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles McNemar

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 "Mr. Five By Five". Evaded (EVD). Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance. Guided to the South of France, he crossed the Pyrénées mountains into Spain. Led to Gibraltar, he was flown back from...

  • Jefferson Polk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Evaded (EVD).

  • Earl Porath

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3190 'Mr. Five By Five', Evaded (EVD).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 14 July 1943

hit by fighters before reaching the target, crash-landed Berengeville-la-Campagne, NE of Evreux, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 08:40:54 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

MACR 114. Completed names of crew members in Biography and corrected data about the identity and number of evaders

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 14:53:54 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 114 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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