42-102450 Paisano

Object Number - UPL 19462 - Damaged wing of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" (A/C 42-97376) of the 95th Bomb Group at an 8th Air Force base, England, 3 March 1945. Result of...

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W. G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co-pilot: Tom Harvey, Navigator: Rudi Kelody, Bombardier: Sgt Elbert McKernan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chester Bohlender, Radio Operator: Edwin Peter, Ball turret gunner: John Carr, Waist gunner: Harvey Wirth, Tail gunner: Courtney Lelly, (9 Killed in Action); mid air collision with #42-97376 (384BG), crashed Schonbeck, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12889. PAISANO.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17097530
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
10 men from B-17 bomber crew in uniform posing in front of airship
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20441207
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39307270
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39724254
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 27 April 1944
  • Date: 29 April 1944

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Aunt Callie's Baby She Fox Lucky Lady
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Clastres, France 29 December 1944 Force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44. Pilot Lt Warren G Helm.

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

Schönbeck, Germany 3 March 1945 - 3 March 1945 Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45. Cause - mid air coll with 42-97376 (384BG), crashed Schonbeck, Germany. (9 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 12889.

Revisions

Date22 Nov 2022 18:06:03
Contributoracbernstein1
Sources

95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation

Date22 Nov 2022 17:16:53
Contributoracbernstein1
Sources

95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation

Date18 May 2022 13:03:12
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date25 Nov 2020 22:25:03
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added punctuation to the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date6 May 2020 02:23:35
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date14 Dec 2015 13:27:07
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date14 Dec 2015 13:15:09
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:09
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12889 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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