42-29829 Sons of Satan

media-39182.jpeg UPL 39182 The first plane Bob (second from left in photo) was assigned to was a B-17F, serial number 42-9829. The crew voted to nickname the airplane, Son-O-Satan. Bob opposed the name but was voted out. On it’s first mission, 29 May 1943, over the U-Boat docks at St. Nazaire, France, the plane (Son-O-Satan) was so heavily damaged by FLAK, that it never flew in combat again. Bob was happy to get a new plane!

2 March 2002 Interview with Robert M. Dawson, by MSgt. Norman Dawson, USAF (retired)

Object Number - UPL 39182 - The first plane Bob (second from left in photo) was assigned to was a B-17F, serial number 42-9829. The crew voted to nickname the airplane,...

Delivered Denver 23/2/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-F/P] Kimbolton 18/5/43; Missing in Action Bernburg 22/2/44 with Bob Haston, Radio Operator: Gordon Fisher, Waist gunner: Bill Nixon, Waist gunner: Conrad Gemmecke, Tail gunner: Lester Adriensen (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Foy Clingman - chute failed, Navigator: Harry Sheaffer - fell out of bomb bay minus chute when attempting to to release a hung up bomb, Bombardier: Stanislaw Burblistogg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Raack, Ball turret gunner: Bob Spisak (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed two miles S of Gottingen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2870. SONS O' SATAN.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 379th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16155620
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Nose Gunner / Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-731790
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34242184
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 524th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33368799
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier / Nose Gunner

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 22 February 1944

Revisions

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Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid readability.
Added B-17 to the Production block number to aid clarity and consistency.

Date
Contributorphil marchese
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AAM associated image and synopsis.

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ContributorAAM
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Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2870 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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