42-31607 Rose Olive

Object Number - UPL 12912 - B-17F-BO* ROSE OLIVE and her crew. * below block F- 95-BO ( This is not the B-17G 42-31607.) John Akers (Bottom Left) is her Pilot for this...

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Wendover 12/10/43; Presque Is 19/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [B] Glatton 23/2/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 12/5/44 with John Akers, Co-pilot: Chas Scott, Navigator: Lloyd Dell, Bombardier: Leo Kruszinski, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ed White, Radio Operator: Bob Marsteller, Ball turret gunner: Austin Moore, Waist gunner: Harry Peterman, Waist gunner: Chris Milgo,Tail gunner: Wallace Taft (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Naunheim/Eifel, six miles SE of Mayen, SW of Koblenz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4800. ROSE OLIVE.

This plane 42-31607, named "Rose Olive," was piloted by Lt John Akers. After dropping bombs on the target at Lutzkendorf, the plane apparently developed engine trouble or other malfunctions and dropped from the formation with two engines out. It dropped far behind the rest of the group and apparently had other problems for the crew abandoned the plane, parachuted to safety and were POW's for the rest of the war.

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Units served with

Unofficial emblem of the 457th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0811302
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot - Flying Fortress
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15324482
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Places

The mission board of the 457th Bomb Group. Official caption printed on image: '(GM-299-2-457)(16/5/45)(Op's Board's).'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Connington

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1944-05-12

Revisions

Date20 Oct 2020 19:00:59
Contributorphil marchese
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associated image of # 607 does not compare to F series image of nose art.

Date20 Oct 2020 18:58:38
Contributorphil marchese
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FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945, MARCHESE

Date14 Oct 2020 21:35:08
ContributorOliver Akers
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update info

Date14 Oct 2020 21:14:57
ContributorOliver Akers
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Info Update

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:39
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4800 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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