42-30135 Trouble Shooter

Object Number - UPL 15551 - 42-30135 "Trouble Shooter" of the 95th BG. Lost second Schweinfurt mission 14 Oct 43 with William McPherson crew.

Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 22/4/43; Presque Is 10/5/43; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-N] Polebrook 26/5/43. Transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-H] Horham 16/6/43.

On 16/9/43, with Bill McPherson, force landed RAF Harwarden.
Taxi accident with Albert Rummans Metfield 13/10/43.

Missing in Action (20m) Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with:-
9 Prisoners of war -
Capt Bill McPherson;
Co-pilot: George Byrnes;
Navigator: Bill Prochaska;
Bombardier: Austin Pritchard;
Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leon Ciaccia;
Radio Operator: Tony Kosmala;
Waist gunner: Morris Eckard;
Waist gunner: Henry Rhodes.

Tail gunner: Fred Nunnold (EVD-and returned).

#3 feathered, gear down, then crashed between Rheims & Sedan, France.
Missing Air Crew Report 855.
TROUBLE SHOOTER.

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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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-659000
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18124489
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-360045
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1943-10-14

Revisions

Date17 Oct 2017 15:30:54
Contributorandrewgreen
Sources

Family

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:27
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 855 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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