42-31084

Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Ken Eccleston, Co-pilot: Pete Schou, Navigator: John Dorsett, Bombardier: Tom Tollin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Molinari, Radio Operator: George Doyle, Ball turret gunner: Dave Holliman, Waist gunner: Ivan Clark, Waist gunner: Dave Ceely,Tail gunner: Chas Bein (10 Killed in Action); intense flak, crashed Vegasack, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3154.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37111609
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12162589
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33219803
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-797283
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 561st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18079857
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Cheyenne, WY, USA 16 September 1943

Assigned

Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 9 October 1943 388 BG 561 BS

Other

First 388th BG Combat Mission

Münster, Germany 11 November 1943 The Kenneth Eccleston Crew flew her on 9 of her 11 combat mssions

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943 Flak at the Target area was very intense and every plane suffered battle damage. Lt. Eccleston, in a/c 42-31084, was lost due to this flak; and, when last seen at 1212 hours, he was going down with his bomb bay doors open and on fire.

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:36
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database