42-3090 T'aint A Bird

Object Number - UPL 56199 - 42-3090 with the 351st Bomb Group. L. to R. Capt. Arren A. Akins, unknown, Capt. Clarke Gable, Lt. Col. Robert W....

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio Operator: Carl Cameron, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Rex Neely, Waist gunner: Guy Tice, Waist gunner: Arlie Arneson, Tail gunner: Bill Whitcombe (10 Returned to Duty); Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-C] Alconbury 2/5/43; 1m (Ball turret gunner: J.R. Miller Wounded in Action), transferred 359BS/351BG [YB-N] Polebrook 17/6/43; suffered battle damage and sent to 2 BAD CCRC on return 10/11/43; Salvaged 18/6/45 13+m. T'AINT A BIRD.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Other

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6575918
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13036442
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight engineer, Top turret gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18060944 / O-732729
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 508th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35326058
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: BAD-2

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland 7 April 1943 En route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43. Pilot Lt Bill Thomas.

Other

Combat damaged

10 November 1943 Suffered battle damage and sent to 2 Base Air Depot [Combat Crew Replacement Centre] on return 10/11/43.

Revisions

Date18 Dec 2022 00:45:26
Contributoracbernstein1
Date24 Nov 2022 02:31:46
Contributoracbernstein1
Sources

95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation

Date15 May 2022 17:48:49
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date14 Mar 2022 06:05:15
ContributorRoss Smith
Sources

Added production block

Date8 Jan 2021 22:46:30
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date2 Dec 2015 10:04:23
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:35
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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