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42-38063

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Assigned 749BS/457BG [S] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Bob Kaufman, Co-pilot: Bob Burkholder, Navigator: Bernard Plaut, Bombardier: D.J. Letzia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edwin Sinclair, Radio Operator: Sanford Caldwell, Ball turret gunner: Rudolph Buczak, Waist gunner: Warren Antoine, Tail gunner: Henry Smuzynski (9 Returned to Duty); ship was badly damaged on mission, could not quite make home and ditched North Sea off Felixstowe, Sfk. UK. Air Sea Rescue launch picked up crew. THE G.I. VIRGIN.

Service

Units

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 749th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Antoine

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin', qualifying for "Flying Goldfish Award" for the ditching. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rudolph Buczak

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Burkholder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber Co-pilot / Fighter pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions in B-17's. Detached for Special duties with 1st Scouting Force. 47 x combat missions in P-47's. Transferred to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Member of the British 'GOLDFISH CLUB' for having ditched...

  • Robert Kaufman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived ditching in B-17G 42-38063 'GI Virgin'.

  • Bernard Plaut

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 457th Bomb Group

  • Caldwell Sanford

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Schuchmann

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 750BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions. On his very first combat mission his radio operator was killed by a piece of flak in the forehead. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC) ,WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Edwin Sinclair

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 457th Bomb Group

  • Henry Smuzynski

    Military | 457th Bomb Group

Places

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 1 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 1-Dec-43.

Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28 5RR, UK 26 January 1944

Assigned 749BS, 457BG, 8AF 26-Jan-44.

Crashed Glatton, Huntingdon PE28 5RR, UK 16 March 1944

Ground Loop Glatton/Sta 130 Cat 3 damage Lt Clarence E Schuchmann,16-Mar-44.

B-17G 42-38063 - 750BS 457BG 8AF

Crashed North Sea Off Felixstowe, UK 12 July 1944

Failed to Return Munich ship was badly damaged on mission, could not quite make home and ditched North Sea off Felixstowe, Sfk. UK. Air Sea Rescue launch picked up crew. 9 RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2018 11:55:53 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-38063&Submit4=Go

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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