42-31320 I'll Be Around

A bomber crew of the 95th Bomb Group return to Horham following a raid in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31320) nicknamed "I'll Be Around". Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], '809571 [Censor no], 'Passed for publication 5 Mar 1944' [stamp] and 'USA(BRI)CCC' [ written annotation]. Printed caption on reverse: 'WRITE NEW CHAPTER IN BERLIN DIARY, FORTRESSES RAID GERMAN CAPITAL FOR FIRST TIME. Flying Fortresses battling their way through snow and a temperature of nearly "60 be media-379273.jpg FRE 837 A bomber crew of the 95th Bomb Group return to Horham following a raid in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31320) nicknamed "I'll Be Around".

Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], '809571 [Censor no], 'Passed for publication 5 Mar 1944' [stamp] and 'USA(BRI)CCC' [ written annotation].
Printed caption on reverse: 'WRITE NEW CHAPTER IN BERLIN DIARY, FORTRESSES RAID GERMAN CAPITAL FOR FIRST TIME. Flying Fortresses battling their way through snow and a temperature of nearly "60 below", blasted a path through flocks of German fighters Saturday March 4, to bomb Berlin for the first time in daylight. It was a gruelling ordeal, with cloud often five miles high. "But it was easier than anyone expected said the jubilant crews as they climbed from their planes on their return. Associated Press Photo shows: The crew of the lead ship; "I'll Be Around"; and first to bomb the target walk from their plane to the interrogation room. They are ( left to right): S/S D.W. Addison, Tailgunner, Leesville, LA; S/S J.B. Craddock, Left-waist gunner, Charleston, W.VA; S/S R.T. Raney, Right waist gunner, Fordyce, ARK; S/S E.G. Nutter, Ball turret-gunner, Canton, OHIO; T/S A.G. Smith, top turret-gunner Kenton, Ohio; T/S F.E. Atteberry, Radio operator, Springfield, ILL; Lt F.E. Flagler, Bombardier, El Reno, OKLA; Lt M.D. Durr, Navigator, Alton, ILL; Lt A.H. Brown, Pilot, Atlanta, GA., and Lt. Col.Harry G. Mumford, San Jose Calif.,co-pilot and group leader of the first U.S. Heavy Bomber raid on Berlin. WOR 265583 6344Y.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Horham.' Roger Freeman Collection

Connected up airmen's records from existing caption information.

Object Number - FRE 837 - A bomber crew of the 95th Bomb Group return to Horham following a raid in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31320) nicknamed "I'll Be...

Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; Dallas 6/11/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG Horham 12/11/43; with John Miller 11/12/43 Tail gunner: Wallace Petzack KIA; 36m, Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Earl Leaser, Co-pilot: Ken Braden, Navigator: Ray Moeller, Bombardier: Howard Erricson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ralph Wildman, Radio Operator: George Wright, Ball turret gunner: Bill Miller, Waist gunner: Bill Glass, Waist gunner: Owen Irby, Tail gunner: Joe Hollamon (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Hamstede, Holland; Missing Air Crew Report 4469. I'LL BE AROUND.

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Units served with

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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 34th Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-462922
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Base Engineering Officer (S-4)
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

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Missions

  • Date: 29 April 1944
  • Date: 24 April 1944
  • Date: 13 April 1944

Events

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Combat Casualty

11 December 1943 11/12/43 Tail gunner: Wallace Petzack KIA. Pilot Lt John Miller.

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

29 April 1944 - 29 April 1944 Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44. Cause - flak, crashed Hamstede, Holland. (10 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR4469.

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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1916 / MACR 4469 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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