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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43;
Kearney 30/11/43;
Assigned 49BS/2BG Amendola 9/12/43;
* Missing in Action St Etienne, Fr, 26/5/44 with Fred Tomkins, Radio Operator: Elmer Cutsinger, Ball turret gunner: Bob Fram, Waist gunner: Carl Merkle, Waist gunner: Bob Butts, Joe Jordan (6 Returned to Duty);
Co-pilot: Earl Rodenburg* (Prisoner of War);
Navigator: Fred Letz*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bolick* (2 evaded capture); Bombardier: Paul Smith* (Killed in Action); (*bailed out).

A/c caught fire and forced to turn back, but fire eventually put out and radio operator Cutsinger helped pilot to fly to Corsica and made forced landing; repaired and returned to base.

* On mission to Brux, Czech. 20/10/44 with E.Holtz, Co-pilot: Bill Myers, Navigator: D.Powell, Bombardier: Sgt G. Weamer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: C. Collins, Radio Operator: T. Shadrow, Ball turret gunner: Z. McCool, Waist gunner: W.Wiltz, Waist gunner: S.Pokrywka, Tail gunner: Bob Capper (?G. Reilly?), aircraft ran out of gas, ditched Adriatic, crew all OK and picked up by Catalina. Missing Air Crew Report 5831. BATAAN AVENGER.



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 49th Bomb Squadron


  • Walter Gray

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 49BS, 2BG, 15AF USAAF. ...

  • Joseph Jordan

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 2nd Bomb Group



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Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 11:08:00 Lucy May Changes to unit associations

Associated to squadron from information in the description field.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 07:12:21 martinontheroad Changes to description and media associations

Photo from Jordan Family archives.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 07:08:17 martinontheroad Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

1. "Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Registry," by Benoit,

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log