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42-31939

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 6/1/44; Kearney 15/1/44; Romulus 23/1/44; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Horham 2/2/44; transferred 412BS [QW-J]; 98m, with S.D. Reed, force landed RAF Coltishakk, 8RTD, 1WIA; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 21/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 24/11/45.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Howard Baumgartner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Brodersen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Brownlow

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31910 began losing altitude in the target area of Berlin and was attacked by fighters on the return, spun down, broke in two, and crashed near Hanover, GR on 4 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eugene Cavalier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Conley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD. Shot down by fighters near Haselunne on a mission to Klein Machnow, Belin on 6 Mar 1944...

  • Donald Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Dunwoody

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Guy Greene

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Flew 35 missions, total of two hundred fifty three hours and thirty minutes in combat. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Gross

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets whoch it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 240

    29 February 1944
    A combined force of 226 B-17s from 3rd Air Division: 94BG; 95BG; 96BG; 100BG; 385BG; 388BG; 390BG; 447BG; and 452BG are despatched to bomb the German aircraft factoried at Brunswick, Germany. 218 are effective on the target. 1 aircraft Failed to Return...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

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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....

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO 6 January 1944
Assigned Horham Airfield, UK 2 February 1944

95BG
336BS & 412BS

First Combat Mission No Ball Target, Calais, France 13 February 1944
Last Combat Mission Oranienburg, Germany 20 April 1945

98 Combat Missions

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2020 00:23:03 466thHistorian Changes to markings
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31939-spooks-iv/

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2020 00:22:14 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/aircraft/156

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2020 22:19:13 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31939-spooks-iv/

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 18:28:44 terveurn Changes to place associations
Sources

connection

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 18:28:16 terveurn Changes to place associations
Sources

connection

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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