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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-T] Horham 18/11/43; force landed Ghent, Bel. with H.C. Coffman 15/10/44; force landed A-70 Laon-Couvron, France with R.E. Chrystal (9 Returned to Duty) force landed B-53 Merville, Belg. 19/3/45 with E. Grant (9 Returned to Duty), then crash landed Troston AD, Sfk with Jim Phillpott later; (9 Returned to Duty). 98m, sal 16/4/45. A GOOD BET aka HARD TIME aka BLUES IN THE REICH.

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...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bessemer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat mission. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Robert Bugie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 27 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, Unit Citation, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard Chrystal

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Harold Coffman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Avesnes in B-17 'Government Property' #4297232

  • John Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Mark Gilles

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator/SquadronCC | 95th Bomb Group
    Completed 30 missions between May 7, 1944 and September 3, 1944 ...

  • Edward Grant

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • James Hartney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Henry Held

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Hutchings

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Loren Seger crew. ETD ...

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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 Ghent, Belgium 15 October 1944

Force landed Ghent, Belgium. 15/10/44. Pilot Lt H C Coffman.

Crashed Rue de Couvron, 02000 Chéry-lès-Pouilly, France 1945

Force landed A-70 Laon-Couvron, France. Pilot Lt R E Chrystal. (9 x RTD).

Crashed Merville, France 19 March 1945

Force landed B-53 Merville, Belgium. 19/3/45. Pilot Lt E Grant. (9 x RTD).

Crashed Troston, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 15 April 1945

Crash landed Troston AD, Suffolk. Pilot Jim M Philpott. (9 x RTD).

Salvaged Troston, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 16 April 1945

Salvaged.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2015 17:35:55 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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