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42-38054

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Presque Is 23/12/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-V] Horham 30/12/43; 412BS [QW-V]; 45m, Missing in Action Politz 25/8/44 with Everett Perry, Co-pilot: Jim Daniels, Bombardier: Guiseppe Merlo, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dominic Maffentone, Radio Operator: George Sulick, Ball turret gunner: John Detweller, Waist gunner: Mike Natt,Tail gunner: Francis Sutphin (8 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Larry Kieinman (Killed in Action); with #3 afire, ship peeled off, crashed Westhof, Sundische Insel, NE of Barth, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8282. HAMAWA aka HOLY MATRIMONY.

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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Daniels

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down and crashed at Westhof on 8/25/44 in B-17 "Hamawa" #42-38054, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Detweller

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret 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 ...

  • Lawrence Kieinman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Dominick Maffetone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Westhof on 8/25/44 in B-17 "Hamawa" 42-38054, Prisoner of War.

  • Leonard McReynolds

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ...

  • Guiseppe Merlo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Shot down at Westhof on 8/25/44 in B-17 Hamawa 42-38054. POW

  • Michael Natt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down at Westhof on 8/25/44 in B-17 "Hamawa" 42-38054, Prisoner of War. He was sent to Stalag Luft III for 8 months, enduring a harrowing 90 day forced march at the end of the war. His personal account is on file with the Veteran's Oral History...

  • Kenneth Otto

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Everett Perry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 570

    25 August 1944

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
Crashed Westhof, 34519 Diemelsee, Germany 25 August 1944 – 25 August 1944

Missing in Action Politz 25/8/44. With #3 afire, ship peeled off, crashed Westhof, Sundische Insel, NE of Barth, Germany. (8 x POW, 1 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 8282.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2022 13:12:58 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2019 12:12:11 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

AAM image
Freeman, ...Story, at block -35-DL.

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2015 16:44:31 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8282 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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