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42-3529

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hill 23/7/43; Ephrata 4/8/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-F, then T] Horham 6/10/43;Tail gunner: Vic Walek [wia] 13/12/43; 26m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Francis Frantz, Co-pilot: Ray Wilson, Navigator: Chas McDonald, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Natham Stiver, Radio Operator: Norman Edgar, Ball turret gunner: John Griffin, Waist gunner: Ralph Waldron, Waist gunner: Leo Chaplinsky,Tail gunner: Earl Killian (9 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Chas Freyer (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, blew up crashed Holingen, near Colnrade, 22 miles SE of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2979.

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

People

  • Russell Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighter attacks on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31299 'Junior' maintained formation until finally crashing NW of Beilen, Holland after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Bate

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bovenzi

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Francis Boyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Chaplinsky

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak en-route to the target at Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 the crew of B-17F #42-3529 baled out before the a/c blew up and crashed SE of Bremen, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Stephen Dobish

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    After fighter attacks set fire to the left wing on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-38024 crashed near Oldenburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Norman Edgar

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak en-route to the target at Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 the crew of B-17F #42-3529 baled out before the a/c blew up and crashed SE of Bremen, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Francis Frantz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak en-route to the target at Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 the crew of B-17F #42-3529 baled out before the a/c blew up and crashed SE of Bremen, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Freyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by flak en-route to the target at Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 the crew of B-17F #42-3529 baled out before the a/c blew up and crashed SE of Bremen, GR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Griffin

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2979 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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