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42-38045

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 21//12/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-C] 22/1/44; 2+m Missing in Action Brunswick 29/1/44 with Bob Mohnacky, Co-pilot: Joe Flood, Navigator: Bill Yake, Bombardier: Jim Light, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dale Gentsch (5 Killed in Action); Radio Operator: Elmer Hagen, Ball turret gunner: Joe Grugan, Left Waist gunner: Russell Meyer, Right waist gunner: Bob Berg, Tail gunner: Pete Schenck (5 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set bomb bay on fire, crashed Offenthal Estate, near Reichenburg, 16 miles SE of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2242.

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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Berg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Joe Flood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). Lt Flood was last seen in the waist area with...

  • Dale Gentsch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Joseph Grugan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Elmer Hagen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VI & Luft IV. ...

  • James Light

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Russell Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • Robert Mohnacky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial area of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Lorraine AMC. ...

  • Peter Schenck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. ...

  • William Yake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Mohnacky crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #61 to the industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-38045. MACR 2242. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Lorraine AMC. ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Places

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 29 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2018 04:36:05 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2242 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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