42-102421

Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44; Gr Island 16/3/44; Presque Is 2/4/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG [CQ-M] Rattlesden 6/4/44.



Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Chas Dowler, Co-pilot: Vern Arnold, Navigator: Fred Kleps, Bombardier: George Kramer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sandy Conti, Radio Operator: Francis Brownson, Ball turret gunner: George King, Waist gunner: Larry Steinhafel,Tail gunner: John Marabito (9 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Ken Shimp (Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hits caused aircraft to explode, crashed two miles NW of Weferlingen, ten miles N of Helmstedt, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4254.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 447th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Presque Isle Army Airfield : Presque Isle Air Force Base : Presque Isle International Airport : PIAAF

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 29 April 1944

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Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4254 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database