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42-6098

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 22/7/43; Cheyenne 25/7/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-R] Horham; with J. D. Scott, Radio Operator - Clyde Myer [wia 26/11/43];

18 missions, Missing in Action Keil 4/1/44 with Pete Milward, Co-pilot: G. Farris, Navigator: W. Milton, Bombardier: Art Scroggins, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: R. Spears, Radio Operator: E. Winstead, Ball turret gunner: C. McComber, Waist gunner: Frank Miles, Waist gunner: W. Weeks, Tail gunner: J. Kolarik (10 Returned to Duty); ditched off Bawdsey, Sfk. UK. All rescued. Missing Air Crew Report 7700. SUPERSTITIOUS ALOYSIUS

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richmond Dillon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #42-30272 'Fritz Blitz', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • G Farris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-6098 'Superstitious Aloysius'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Frank Hawk

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Not only did he live out his youthful wish, Frank Hawk fought in a war that granted him his peacetime dream-flight. ...

  • Joseph Kolarik

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #426098 'Superstitious Aloysius. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Mitchell McArthur

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles McComber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #42-6098 'Superstitious Aloysius'. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • Clyde Meyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Ludwigshaven on 7 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-39838 crashed near Wilby, Suffolk, England. Only two engines were operating at time of crash. WIA. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Miles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #426098 'Superstitious Aloysius. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

  • William Milton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 4 January 1944 in B-17 #426098 'Superstitious Aloysius. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

Places

  • 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
Crew Casualty 26 November 1943

Radio Op Clyde Myer [WIA] 26/11/43. Pilot Lt J D Scott.

Ditched Off Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12, UK 4 January 1944

Missing in Action Keil 4/1/44. Ditched off Bawdsey, Suffolk. UK. All rescued. (10 x RTD) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 7700.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 00:31:33 jmoore43 Changes to description and events
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
07 June 2019 15:04:30 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 14:40:28 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2015 20:42:04 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://95thbg.org/j3migr/95thbg-aircraft/95th-b-17-s-1942

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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