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42-39838

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 15/9/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 29/10/43; on return from Ludwigshaven 7/1/44 with Jim Conley, Co-pilot: Bill Wood, Navigator: Bob Fogaty, Bombardier: Royal Klein, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clyde Meyer, Radio Operator: Ed McCarraher, Ball turret gunner: Gene Lasko, Waist gunner: Julius Wukitsch, Waist gunner: Alf Sommers,Tail gunner: Dave Williams (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed Prospect House, Wilby, near Stradbroke, Sfk, UK. Salvaged 8/1/44.

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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Conley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD. Shot down by fighters near Haselunne on a mission to Klein Machnow, Belin on 6 Mar 1944...

  • Robert Fogarty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G 42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. WIA. ...

  • Royal Klein

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD.

  • Edward McCarraher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD.

  • Clyde Meyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. WIA. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Sommers

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD

  • William Wood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. RTD

  • Julius Wukitsch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G 42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. (RTD)

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Wilby, Suffolk, UK 7 January 1944

On return from Ludwigshaven 7/1/44. Crash landed Prospect House, Wilby, near Stradbroke, Suffolk. (10 x RTD).

Salvaged Wilby, Suffolk, UK 8 January 1944

Salvaged.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:39:01 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2015 12:58:17 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations, person 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 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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