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42-38178

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 16/1/44/ Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Horham 11/2/44; 45 missions, Missing in Action Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Tony Hamlik, Co-pilot: George Rudloff, Navigator: Hal Smith, Bombardier: Bob Diles, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Brosi, Radio Operator: Wendall Theiman, Ball turret gunner: Earl Joswick, Waist gunner: John Pluenik, Waist gunner: Chas Dager, Tail gunner: Ray Revels (10 Prisoners of War); after bombing all engines quit, crew bailed and aircraft crashed Vielbrunn, SE of Darmstadt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7409. TEN ACES.

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. ...

  • 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

People

  • Roy Brosi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Dager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Robert Diles

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alvin Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (6 x Battle Stars).

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Anthony Hamlik

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Joswick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Earl B. Joswick, Staff Sergeant, Ball Turret Gunner, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress; United States Army Air Forces, Eighth Air Force, 95th Bomb Group (Heavy), 334th squadron, aircrew “Ten Aces.” European Theater, WWII Veteran. POW (Stalag IV), Awarded the...

  • Joseph Medzihrasky

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shortened his last name to "Medzi" after the war.

  • John Pleunik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed at Vielbrunn on 7/19/44 in B-17 'Ten Aces' #42-38178, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ray Revels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 19 July 1944 in A/C #42-38178 'Ten Aces' over Schweinfurt, Ger. Captured, taken to Oberursel, Ger. (outside Frankfurt) for interrogation. Then taken to Keifheide, Ger. , Stalag Luft IV. Ran the 3 miles from the train station to the camp with...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

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....

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Vielbrunn, 64720 Michelstadt, Germany 19 July 1944 – 19 July 1944

Missing in Action Schweinfurt 19/7/44. After bombing, all engines quit, crew bailed and aircraft crashed Vielbrunn, SE of Darmstadt, Germany. (10 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 7409.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2020 18:23:23 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 18:07:50 Al_Skiff Changes to description
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://www.fold3.com/image/161214623/?terms=42-38178

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 18:06:57 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, events and unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 13:21:58 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Modified the entry so that all the information in the record is about B-17 42-38178 rather than image UPL 7124.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 01:43:57 phil marchese Changes to unit associations
Sources

Photographic evidence,
Fortress in the Sky, Bowers,P,M,; Sentry Publications
MacDill AFB History, www

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 15:41:50 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Typo only

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 15:07:07 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Research by author.

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 15:00:22 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

Bowers, Fortress in the Sky, Sentry Pubs
MacDill AFB History, WWW
Research by Phil Marchese 1964- 2015.

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 14:53:08 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Bowers, Fortress in the Sky, Sentry Pubs. MacDill AFB HISTORY, WWW.
RESEARCH BY AUTHOR, 1964- 2015.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7409 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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