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42-38064

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/12/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 10/1/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [G/Q] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 8/11/44 with Arnett Furr, Co-pilot: Sterling Book, Navigator: Joe Andrews, Bombardier: Leon Plagianos, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Brunsvold, Radio Operator: Dick Weaver, Ball turret gunner: Warren Rankin, Waist gunner: Glen Wisdom, Tail gunner: Leroy Wetzel (9 Killed in Action); mid-air coll with #44-8418, crashed Channel; Missing Air Crew Report 10344. HALF ‘N HALF (ARF ‘N ARF)

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Aircraft

  • 44-8418 'Bad Time Inc II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Patterson 6/9/44; Hunter 25/9/44; Grenier 25/9/44; Assigned 749BS 457BG Glatton 5/10/44; battle damaged Euskirchen 10/1/45 with ? and crash landed continent; Salvaged. BAD TIME INC. II. ...

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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

  • Joseph Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Sterling Book

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Donald Brunsvold

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Arnet Furr

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Leon Plagianos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Warren Rankin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Richard Weaver

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Leroy Wetzel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

  • Glenn Wisdom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 457th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 749BS, 457BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseberg in B-17 'Half N Half' 42-38064 Mid air collision with B-17 44-8418 8-Nov-44, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 10344 Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 8 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 20:39:07 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
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Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 02:13:46 jmoore43 Changes to description
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2018 08:14:09 Strikefighter04 Changes to nicknames and markings
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I edited some stuff to make it easier to understand. I will go on some more later.

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2017 10:47:22 wanglexu7072 Changes to nicknames and media associations
Sources

http://www.aviationspectator.com/more-aviation-photos?page=447

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10344 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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