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42-40057

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Kearney 24/11/43; goose Bay to Prestwick, UK 7/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 5/1/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Don Nicklawsky, Co-pilot: Jim Carter, Navigator: Chris Filler, Bombardier: Neal Keller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alex Washinko, Radio Operator: John Kilbane, Waist gunner: Max Schmit, Waist gunner: Ed Mientkewicz, Tail gunner: Girad Casparis (Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Rich Killgore (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Entenpfahl, 12 miles W of Bad Kreuznach, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2273.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Carter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Girard Casparis

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Chris Filler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Neal Keller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • John Kilbane

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Killgore

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Mientkewicz

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Nicklawsky

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-40057. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elliott Ogden

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by ME109s and crashed SW of Namur, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 2 March 1944 in B-17G #42-31467 'Sac Hound'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Max Schmit

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2021 23:26:03 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=40057

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:02:42 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2273 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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