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42-38024

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/11/43; Kearney 7/12/43; Presque Is 8/12/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-Q] Horham 16/12/43; with J.O. Crutchfield force landed RAF Martlesham 10/2/44; Missing in Action [13m] Berlin 6/3/44 with Mike Russell, Co-pilot: Bill Bate, Navigator: Francis Boyle, Bombardier: Harris Board, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill See, Radio Operator: George Bonvenzi, Waist gunner: George Pratt, Waist gunner: Steve Dobish, Tail gunner: Bob Treece (9 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Dan Giddens (Killed in Action); left group with #3 on fire, crashed Theolstedt, near Colnrade, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2984.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Harris Board

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 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 Bonvenzi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Daniel Giddens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret 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. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Pratt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-3321 'Kathy Jane II' ditched in Channel on 6 September 1943. Returned to base. 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...

  • Michael Russell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 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

  • William See

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 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

  • Robert Treece

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail 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

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

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....

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 19:53:59 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 01:25:43 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
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2984 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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