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42-3437

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 18/6/43; Dow Fd 22/7/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 27/7/43. Hit by Flak over Paris on 15 September 1943 with Pilot James V. Richardson, Co-pilot: Lawrence Dube, Navigator: Elmer L. Smith, Bombardier: George W. Frank, Flight Engineer/Top Turret gunner: Lonnie A. Turner, Ball Turret gunner: Joseph H. Scarano, Waist gunner: Henry S. Caballero, Waist gunner: Donald M. Reid, Tail gunner: Elwin W. McMahon (9 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Rodolphe H. Richer (evaded capture). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 726.

Service

Units

People

  • Henry Caballero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lawrence Dube

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Frank

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elwin McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Reid

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Richardson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Graduated from Hampton High School, Hampton, VA in 1939. While in school he joined the Hampton Battery D National Guard and transferred to the Richmond Light Infantry Blues before enlisting. He was co-pilot of B-17 #42-3437 nicknamed "Excalibus...

  • Rodolphe Richer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Evaded with the help of French civilians and Résistance members - Escape and Evasion Report E&E 255.

  • Joseph Scarano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elmer Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lonnie Turner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #42-3437. Killed in Action (KIA).

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

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 15 September 1943

Exploded then crashed about 10km West of the target, near Route des Volières, in the St-Germain-en-Laye Forest, Yvelines Department, France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2020 15:08:51 ED-BB Changes to description and events
Sources

MACR 726

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2018 13:52:32 ED-BB Changes to mission associations
Sources

Mighty Eighth War Diary

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2018 05:27:29 JoanLouise Changes to description
Sources

Joan Louise Caballero, Niece

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2017 04:52:40 JoCarter Changes to nicknames
Sources

key image

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 726 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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