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42-5893

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 29/4/43; Tinker 13/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 24/5/43; transferred 336BS/95BG [ET-F] Horham 16/6/43; 8m, Missing in Action Hannover 26/7/43 with Oliver Robichaud, Co-pilot: Martin Heathcote, Navigator: Capt Roy Deadman, Bombardier: Bob Katz, Ball turret gunner: Jim Bloxom, Waist gunner: Joe Mutz broke arm in bale out (6 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Clarry Borchardt,Tail gunner: George Kosturko (2 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Cothran shot dead by SS on march from POW camp, Radio Operator: Graham Smith (2 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed Dorrieloh, 12 miles E of Diepholz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 197. SAD SACK.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Bloxom

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Back injured by opening shock of parachute. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag XVIIB.

  • Clarence Borchardt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Charles Cothran

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943 (MACR 197.) Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag XVIIB. Killed during Death March in 1945. The Army recovered his body from a mass grave in Stein, Austria, and established officially that his death came during a...

  • Roy Deadman

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Martin Heathcote

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW) - MACR 197.

  • Robert Katz

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943

  • George Kosturko

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943.

  • Joseph Mutz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Oliver Robichaud

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17F #42-5893 'Sad Sax' on 26 July 1943, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Graham Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in 42-5893 'Sad Sax' 26 July 1943.

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 26 July 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 197 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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