42-30423

Object Number - UPL 7183 - Aircraft # 42-30423 Shot down 4 February 1944 on mission to Frankfurt. Crew bailed out and Aircraft crashed in Koersel Belgium. The B-17 is a 326th...

Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/43; Gore 31/5/43; Rapid City 16/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG [PY-P] Alconbury 7/8/43; 326BS [JW-P]. Missing in Action Frankfurt 4 February 1944 with Pilot Lawrence H. Cook (initially evaded; arrested later); Co-pilot: Robert B. Bangs (POW); Navigator: Donald H. Caylor (died as a Prisoner of War-POW); Bombardier: Emmett H. Bell (POW); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Booth (initially evaded; arrested later); Radio Operator: Jay Joyce (POW); Ball turret gunner: John R. Kyler (POW); Right Waist gunner: John J. Alexander Jr (POW); Left Waist gunner: Milo Blakely (evaded-EVD); Tail gunner: Thomas J. Mikulka (evaded-EVD). Flak. Crashed Koersel, 9 miles North of Hasselt, Limburg Province, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2237.
See www.evasioncomete.be for details about Blakely, Booth, Cook and Mikulka.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32363852
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36030654 at enlistment, then O-754310
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13070999 at enlistment, then O-735248
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39307023
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 407th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13096872
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

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Failed to Return (FTR)

Koersel, Belgium 1944-02-04 Hit by Flak over Düsseldorf

Revisions

Date7 May 2022 06:51:52
ContributorED-BB
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Updated link to the page at www.evasioncomete.be

Date15 Sep 2020 20:47:14
Contributorjmoore43
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Added 2 spaces in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date22 May 2020 13:01:58
ContributorED-BB
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Freeman B-17 FF Story

Date22 May 2020 12:58:55
ContributorED-BB
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Corrected Aircraft marking : it's JD for the 326th BS, the Squadron the Fortress belonged to (flew with a 407th BS crew on 4 February 1944...

Date22 May 2020 12:50:23
ContributorED-BB
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Corrected Squadron. #423 was a 326th BS Fortress, which was flown by a 407th BS crew on the 4 February 1944 mission...

Date22 May 2020 12:35:09
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 2237
Personal research for some of the crew members for website www.evasioncomete.org

Date5 Feb 2020 18:27:25
ContributorRayWells
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Changes to connections

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:29
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2237 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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