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42-31999

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 28/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-X] Horham 27/2/44 CHICKEN SHIP aka PICKWICKIAN; 36m, Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with W. R. Kinney, crew unknown; force landed Russia; rep, transferred 15AF 815BS/483BG 20/12/44 KING SALVO; Salvaged 7/2/45; re-ass Eastern Command 30/4/47; Recl Comp 1/12/47.

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...

  • 483rd Bomb Group

    483rd Bomb Group

    Group
    'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron
  • 815th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bessemer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat mission. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Robert Bugie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, Unit Citation, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Mark Gilles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator/SquadronCC | 95th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions between May 7, 1944 and September 3, 1944 ...

  • James Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Henry Held

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hutchings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD ...

  • William Kinney

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Wilford Mack

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Master Sergeant

  • Donald McKinney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner/Togglier | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 46 x combat missions across two tours. Loren Seger crew (Tour 1). Paul Ristine crew (Tour 2). ETD Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4 x Battle Stars).

  • Kenneth Otto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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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....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 2 June 1944

Taxiing accident Horham/Sta 119 Cat 3 damage. Pilot Lt Steve C Smarsh, 2-6-44.

Crashed Russia 6 August 1944

Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44. Force landed Russia.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 18:21:00 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31999

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2015 18:09:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31999

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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