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42-5913

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 5 May 1943; Kearney 30 May 1943; Dow Field 19 June 1943; Assigned 551BS/385BG Great Ashfield 20 June 1943; Missing in Action Duren 20 October 1943 with Pilot Lyle V. Fryer; Co-pilot: Clifford G. McIlveen; Navigator: John S. Durakov; Bombardier: Edwin D. Rinkenberger; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester A. Lisiewski (evaded for a time but captured in Paris on 21 January 1944 - POW); Radio Operator: William G. Cokins; Ball turret gunner: George A. Good; Left Waist gunner: Joseph F. Pittman; Right Waist gunner: Fred Browning;Tail gunner: David E. Carr (10 Prisoners of War); mechanical trouble, crashed De Slek, two miles South of Echt, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 828. SHACK BUNNY.

Service

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Fred Browning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #425913. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Cokins

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • John Durakov

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lyle Fryer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • George Good

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Chester Lisiewski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Chester Lisiewski was assigned to the 385th Bomb Group / 550th Bomb Squadron. He was Engineer / Top Turret gunner on B-17 42-5913 "Shack Bunny", lost due to mechanical trouble on the 20 October 1943 mission to Duren, Germany. After landing on the...

  • Clifford McIlveen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Joseph Pittman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edwin Rinkenberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 385th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 October 1943 in B-17 #42-5913. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

Places

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Telerghma

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) near Slek, The Netherlands 20 October 1943

Crashed behind the houses at 29-33 Slekkerstraat, West of the Roterweg, in Slek, South of Maasbracht, The Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2017 04:44:40 JoCarter Changes to manufacturer and media associations
Sources

edit info

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 20:11:23 usafdo Changes to media associations
Sources

A. L. DESTRO II

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 12:15:06 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 828

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 828 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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