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42-5885

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 20/4/43; Lowry 5/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 12/6/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Harry Johnson, Co-pilot: Luther Bailey, Navigator: Herb Springer, Bombardier: Bill Hopkins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill McAnear, Radio Operator: Jim Learn, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Jenewein, Waist gunner: Mike Morenelis, Waist gunner: Walt Chmiel, Tail gunner: Dick Moore (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Baltic Sea. Missing Air Crew Report 3809. KIPLING'S ERROR III.

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People

  • Luther Bailey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Chmiel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William Hopkins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Floyd Jenewein

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-Apr-44 in B-17 42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3809 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

  • Harry Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Kotlarz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Crewmamber B-17 'Kipling's Error III'. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Re-enlisted USAF serving in Korea conflict.

  • James Learn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • William McAnear

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Morenelis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #42-5885 'Kipling's Error III'. Plane crashed into Baltic, Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Poland 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 21:17:44 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 17:09:42 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Mar-2015. Added 337th BS to units per MACR 3809. It appears the aircraft was assigned to 413th BS but flown on its fatal mission by a crew from 337th BS.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 17:01:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames
Sources

Lee Cunningham 18-Mar-2015. Added aircraft nickname per photograph.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3809 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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