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42-37756

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 17 August 1943. Assigned 95th Bomb Group/335th Bomb Squadron, Horham 6 September 1943. 23 missions. Missing in Action Eschweiler 24 January 1944 with Pilot Charles H. Mowers; Co-pilot: Gerald E. Roderick; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard C. Gebert; Radio Operator: Carlton H. Griffin; Ball turret gunner: Ceber M. Creech; Left Waist gunner: Frank A. Bialas; Right Waist gunner: Andrew Torok; Navigator: David W. O’Boyle; Bombardier: Gerald P. Dechambre; Tail gunner: Charles R. Warren. Hit over target, engine #1 feathered, crashed near Glabais, about 10km SE of Waterloo, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2259. Pilot Mowers Killed in Action (KIA). Four crewmen almost immediately arrested : Roderick, Griffin, Creech and Bialas. Torok and Gebert, helped by the Belgian COMÈTE evasion network fell in a trap set by Belgian traitor Van Muylem and were arrested on 24 April 1944. The others, also helped by COMÈTE, were hidden in various places in Belgium until the Liberation and were back in England during the 2nd week of September 1944. See www.evasioncomete.org > Fiches (alphabetical list).

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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bialas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bull. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ceber Creech

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bull. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Gerald Dechambre

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bull. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Howard Gebert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bull. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carlton Griffin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Mowers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bull. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • David O'Boyle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bull. ' Evaded (EVD). Air Medal/ Purple

  • Gerald Roderick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Andrew Torok

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bill. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Warren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters oin return from mission to Frankfurt on 24 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-37756 'Roarin' Bill. ' Evaded (EVD).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 191

    24 January 1944
    The primary target of this mission was the Zukunft power station at Eschweilier, Germany. The mision was composed of 563 bombers three elements from 1BD, 2BD and 3BD. The despatch from 2BD was recalled due to weather before it could take off. Mission...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) near Glabais, Belgium 24 January 1944

crashed near Glabais, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2019 20:32:50 jmoore43 Changes to person associations
Sources

Removed connection to George Lindley.

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2016 12:17:49 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and person associations
Sources

MACR 2259
Research for the evaders' pages at www.evasioncomete.org

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2259 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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