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42-37821

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43;Gr Island 13/10/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Rougham 26/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with John Pyles, Co-pilot: Gordon Hendrickson, Navigator: Milburn Franklin, Bombardier: Ernie Hyde, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ross Andrews, Radio Operator: Vernon Kuhlman, Ball turret gunner: Bill Harold, Waist gunner: George Zimmerman, Waist gunner: Dick Erickson (9 Killed in Action); Tail gunner: Harry Norris (evaded capture); mid-air collision with enemy aircraft; crashed Chevry-Cossigny, seven miles N of Melun, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 1126.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 410th Bomb Squadron

    410th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

People

  • Ross Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-37821 'The Sweetest One'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Erickson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group

  • Milburn Franklin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-37821 'The Sweetest One'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Harold

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-37821 'The Sweetest One'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gordon Hendrickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on mission to Ivry, FR in B-17 #42-37821 'The Sweetest One' when A/C was involved in a mid-air collision with FW190. 'The Sweetest One' crashed at Chevy-Cossigny.

  • Vernon Kuhlman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on mission to Ivry, FR in B17#42-37821 'The Sweetest One' when ac was involved in a mid-air collision with FW190. 'The Sweetest One' crashed at Chevy-Cossigny.

  • Harold Norris

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-37821 'The Sweetest One'. Evaded. ...

  • John Pyles

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Collided with enemy aircraft on 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-37821 'The Sweetest One'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • George Zimmerman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on mission to Ivry, FR in 42-30821 'The Sweetest One' when A/C was involved in a mid-air collision with FW190. 'The Sweetest One' crashed at Chevy-Cossigny.

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 26 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 04:32:37 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 04:31:08 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 15:34:24 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the nickname mentioned in the pilot John Pyles' "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
03 June 2015 18:29:13 Gfiebelkorn Changes to description
Sources

Bombardier's correct full name is Ernest C Hyde - nickname Ernie.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1126 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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