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Delivered Tulsa 9/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 3/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ- ] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 20/4/44 with Clyde Liles, Co-pilot: Harry Spitzenburg, Navigator: John Pavia, Bombardier: Wallace Murray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Dicicco, Radio Operator: Clarry Jones, Ball turret gunner: Jim Malloy, Waist gunner: Theo Byman, Waist gunner: Jim Tasker (9 Killed in Action); Tail gunner: Max Kruse (Prisoner of War); flak hit in bomb bay, ship broke in half, crashed Hallines, five miles SW of St Omer, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4165.

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Units served with

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: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17043336
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

Missions

  • Date: 20 April 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

France 1944-04-20

Revisions

Date29 May 2020 20:16:38
ContributorkstrykerAK
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 128 (typo on S/N), 132, 293

Date19 Feb 2020 04:51:51
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.
Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4165 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database