42-30855 Ol Massa

Object Number - UPL 37722 - "A Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" of the 401st Bomb Group settles gracefully down to the runway at its home base in England after participating in a...

Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio Operator: Marshall Abraham, Ball turret gunner: Leon Davis, Waist gunner: Tom Cole (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Cyrus Bennett, Waist gunner: Ed Rice,Tail gunner: Anthony Rose (3 Prisoner of War); flak caused severe damage, crashed Balkum, near Hesepe, 15 miles NW of Osnabruck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4586. OL' MASSA.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13057360
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35368934
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39912984
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-749419
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

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Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Hesepe, Germany 1944-05-08 Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin mission 8-May-44; hit by flak in fuselage beyond the ball turret parting the tail from the fuselage, crashed Balkum, near Hesepe, 15 miles NW of Osnabruck, Germany; 3 x POW, 7 x KIA MACR 4586

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Cheyenne AAF, WY 1942-08-10 Delivered Cheyenne AAF 10-Aug-43.

Assigned

Deenethorpe, UK 1944-01-03 Assigned 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date7 Oct 2018 13:24:03
ContributorAl_Skiff
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Key Image ID.

Date1 Dec 2016 11:01:51
ContributorLucy May
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Removed connections and events relating to B-17 42-39855 (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7237)

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:34
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1068 / MACR 4586 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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