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42-38146

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gr Island 6/1/44; Assigned 598BS/351BG [YB-D] Polebrook 29/2/44; Missing in Action 37m Merseburg 29/7/44 with John Morton, Co-pilot: Warren Bragdon, Navigator: Bill Fuerth, Bombardier: McCaleb Taylor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Ellis, Radio Operator: Maurice Franzblau, Ball turret gunner: Fenton Strohmeyer, Waist gunner: Clarry McGuire, Tail gunner: Guido Signoretti (9 Killed in Action); flak hit and on way down exploded in mid-air, crashed Benndorf, W of Merseburg, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7323.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 508th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Warren Bragdon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Ellis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Maurice Franzblau

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Fuerth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Isoardi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 508BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD. ...

  • Kenneth Jockel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | armorer Gunner 612 | 351st Bomb Group

  • Clarence McGuire

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Morton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Guido Signoretti

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Fenton Strohmeyer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed near Beendorf in B-17 #42-38146, Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • 503

    29 July 1944

Places

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2021 21:52:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7323 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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