42-30617 Miss Billie

Object Number - UPL 37395 - Crash site of Miss Billie/42-30617 Dammage by flak forced to ditch off Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK. Low tide during high tide you could only see the...

Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gore 30/6/43; Gr Isle 16/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-N ] Alconbury 21/8/43; Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43 with Winston Tucker, Co-pilot: Carl Carlson, Navigator: Joe Liebman, Bombardier: Tom Thompson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dick Bragdon, Radio Operator: Dave Stewart, Ball turret gunner: Theo Thurston, Waist gunner: Lewis Kuhnz, Waist gunner: Cloe Crutchfield, Tail gunner: Bob Gailey (10 Returned to Duty); flak damage forced to ditch in The Channel, off Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK, all rescued by Air Sea Rescue launch. No MACR.

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Units served with

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12054598
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: ? / T-?
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39393756
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16033805
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 327th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39454163
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier; Togglier

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Cheyenne AAF. WY 29 June 1943 Delivered Cheyenne AAF 29-Jun-43.

Assigned

Alconbury UK 21 August 1943 Assigned 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK 27 August 1943 Missing in Action Watten 27-Aug-43; Damaged by flak and ditched off the Isle of Sheppey. The crew were all rescued and the aircraft was dragged up onto Sheerness beach to be broken up. 10 x RTD.

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA Built at Boeing.

Revisions

Date19 May 2022 12:41:20
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date28 Jan 2020 05:49:56
ContributorRandyJustice1
Sources

AAM, family pictures

Date24 Jan 2020 07:13:49
ContributorRandyJustice1
Sources

Family Pictures

Date20 Mar 2019 19:28:47
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date28 Aug 2018 05:51:09
ContributorRandyJustice1
Sources

Have picture of downed aircraft

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:31
ContributorAAM
Sources

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

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