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42-31989

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 27/2/44; 336BS [ET-B]; on return from mission landing gear would not lower and crash landed RAF Honington, Suffolk, with Harry Rivenbark, Co-pilot: cp-Boll Bohrer, Navigator: Alex Cochran, Bombardier: Lewis Mayo, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken McGraw, Radio Operator: Tony Locicero, Ball turret gunner: Harry Chase, Waist gunner: John Friedman, Waist gunner: Tom Robertson, Tail gunner: John Gregovich (10 Returned to Duty);

75m, Missing in Action Munich 25/2/45 with Karel Havlik, Co-pilot: Don Johnson, Navigator: Lloyd Brandborg, Bombardier: Sgt Bob Welsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Maruk, Radio Operator: Tom Conry, Ball turret gunner: George Hintz, Waist gunner: Chas Jones, Tail gunner: Wilbur Schraner (9 INT); the pilotless aircraft flew on to crash landed Muswangen, on edge of Lake Baldegger, near Emmensee, Switz; BLACK MAGIC (not painted on a/c).

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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 535th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Baumgardner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Carmen Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Lloyd Brandborg

    Military | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Interred (INT) in Switzerland on 25 Feb 45 in B-17 'Black Magic' #42-31989

  • Alexander Cochran

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Conry

    Military | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Interred (INT) in Switzerland on 25 Feb 45 in B-17 'Black Magic' #42-31989

  • John Gregovich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Hallas

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Elmer Haller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA

  • Karel Havlik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Interred (INT) in Switzerland on 25 Feb 45 in B-17 'Black Magic' #42-31989

  • George Hintz

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Interred (INT) in Switzerland on 25 Feb 45 in B-17 'Black Magic' #42-31989

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Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 1 April 1944

On return from mission landing gear would not lower and crash landed RAF Honington, Suffolk. (10 x RTD) Pilot Lt Harry R Rivenbark.

Crashed Müswangen, Switzerland 24 May 1944 – 24 May 1944

Failed to Return Munich mission 25/2/45. The pilotless aircraft flew on to crash land at Muswangen, on edge of Lake Baldegger, near Emmensee, Switzerland. (9 x INT).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2020 18:38:52 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space (2 places) in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity .

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 12:58:05 cgcedisto Changes to nicknames
Sources

When flown by the 336th Bomb Squadron's Howard Slusser crew (Apr - Jul 1944), this aircraft was known as "Shady Lady".

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 18:21:12 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31989

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5177 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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