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42-3266

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-T] Horham 17/7/43; transferred 335BS [OE-T]; 11m, Missing in Action Romilly 15/9/43 with Joe Noyes washed up Berck-Plage two weeks later, Co-pilot: Dave Prees, Navigator: Frank Roth, Bombardier: Rex Rice, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Clapper, Radio Operator: Edgar Lajoie, Ball turret gunner: Bob Willis, Waist gunner: Ray Provost, Waist gunner: Dan Fabritz, Tail gunner: Bill Cochran (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Channel; Missing Air Crew Report 616. SITTING BULL.

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. ...

  • 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
  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Billie Clapper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-30284 ditched in Bay of Biscay on 28 June 1943. Returned to base. Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3266 'Sitting Bull'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Cochran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3266 'Sitting Bull'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier on June 13, B-17 #42-3202 'Blondie' crash landed.

  • Daniel Fabritz

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3266 'Sitting Bull'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Trammell Hollis

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

  • Edgar Lajoie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3266 'Sitting Bull'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Mitchell McArthur

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Noyes

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), B-17 'Sitting Bull' #42-3266, crashed into English Channel

  • David Prees

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3266 'Sitting Bull'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Raymond Provost

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3266 'Sitting Bull'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 95

    15 September 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a formation of 93 B-17s from: (1BG (19); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (19); and 381BG (19) despatched to bomb the German air deport at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. 87 aircraft are...

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 English Channel 15 September 1943 – 15 September 1943

Missing in Action Romilly 15/9/43. Cause - enemy aircraft, crashed Channel; (10 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 616.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 19:35:35 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2020 19:34:29 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Corrected the spelling of the nickname.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:37:59 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 14:03:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 616 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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