media-53258.jpeg UPL 53258 McDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL 1943


Object Number - UPL 53258 - McDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL 1943

Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Lincoln 25/3/44; Morrison 4/4/44; Assigned 817BS/483BG Sterparone 21/4/44; Missing in Action Memmingen 18/7/44 with Matt Smith, Myers, Stein, LaHurd, Venables, Pampamanoli, Doverspike, May, Marlin (9 Prisoner of War); Davenport (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Leutkirch, Ger?; Missing Air Crew Report 6977. VIRGIL'S VIRGIN.


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Seen through a 433rd Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress' strike camera, a 816th Bomb Squadron B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5786) nicknamed "Whizzer II" goes down over Nis in Yugoslavia on the 15th of April 1944 in a gout of flame after taking a direct flak hit. There were no survivors. Official caption on image: "(483BG:4M3:2VI) (4:15:1208) (24:21300) ([south-west arrow] 140 [degrees]) (Nis M/Y Yugo) (Ship 111 816 Sq)." Handwritten caption on reverse: '15/4/44. 483BG, 15AF. Nis, Yugoslavia. 42-5786
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 483rd Bomb Group 817th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner



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