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42-39855

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 22/9/43; Scott 1/10/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-N] Rougham 8/10/43; Missing in Action Oberlanstein 11/11/43 with Paul Kane, Co-pilot: Lynn Oliver, Bombardier: George Ross (3 Killed in Action), Navigator: Larry Hoban, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hoyt Stropes, Radio Operator: Ray Leib, Ball turret gunner: Ray Gibbons, Waist gunner: Milo King, Waist gunner: Chas Wrobel,Tail gunner: Harry Knechtle (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft KO’d #3, exploded crashed in polder near Fijnaart, near Willemstadt, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 1068. OLE BASSER.

Service

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Raymond Gibbons

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Hoban

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Paul Kane

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Milo King

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Harold Knechtle

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Leib

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lynn Oliver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Ross

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Hoyt Stropes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Wrobel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 November 1943 in B-17 #4230855 'Ole Basser. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Places

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1068 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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