42-29965

Object Number - UPL 24732 - Caption : “Lt. Thornton and crew of the 92nd Bomb Group beside a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress”. England, 15 November 1943.” (Official USAAF...

Delivered Cheyenne 18 March 43; Gore 28 March 1943; Presque Isle 5 May 1943; Assigned 333BS/94BG Earls Colne 12 May 1943; Rougham 13 June 1943; transferred 407BS/92BG [PY-L] Alconbury 26 July 1943; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6 September 1943 with, Pilot Frederick T. Prasse; Co-pilot: Joseph F. Thornton; Navigator: David C. Besbris; Bombardier: Fred Champion; Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Geegee; Radio Operator: Laurence E. Dennis; Ball turret gunner: John W. Disher; Left Waist gunner: Charles H. Hartnett; Right Waist gunner: Otto F. Trammer; Tail gunner: Rolland A. Galloway (10 Returned to Duty). Flak, low on fuel on return, ditched Channel, all rescued by French boat. No MACR (Missing Air Crew Report).

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Units served with

A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed 'Special delivery to Hitler'. Inscription on bomb reads: 'Special delivery to Hitler, From Peggy of St. Louis.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11998665 /O-674111
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39169650
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier; Togglier; Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36048962
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 351st Bomb Squadron 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17034210
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Controller
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39099087
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

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Date11 Mar 2020 05:10:26
Contributorphil marchese
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Typo

Date11 Mar 2020 05:06:48
Contributorphil marchese
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Associated with crew 965.

Date11 Mar 2020 04:56:53
Contributorphil marchese
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Marchese; Flying Fortress 1936 1945

Date30 Nov 2016 12:36:07
ContributorED-BB
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Completed/corrected names of crew on the 6 September 1943 mission

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:25
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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