42-3167 Ye Olde Pub

Object Number - UPL 24235 - The crew of 379th Bomb Group's "Ye Olde Pub." Left to right standing: S/Sgt. Bertrand "Frenchy" Coulombe, Sgt. Alex Yelesanko, T/Sgt. Richard...

Delivered Cheyenne 6/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 19/4/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 17/6/43; battle damaged over Bremen 20/12/43, with Charlie Brown, Co-pilot: Pinky Luke, Navigator: Al Sadok, Bombardier: Bob Andrews, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frenchy Coulombe, Radio Operator: Dick Pechout, Ball turret gunner: Sam Blackford, Waist gunner: Lloyd Jennings (8 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Alex Yelesanko (wia later died),Tail gunner: Hugh Eckenrode (2 Killed in Action); force landed Seething Afd, Nfk; 2 BAD Warton 4/4/44; never flew in action again. Returned to the USA Homestead 16/4/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 11/8/45. YE OLDE PUB.

After the war Charlie Brown researched and found the pilot who shot him down, Franz Stigler. He related at a 379th reunion years later that he felt sorry for the injured crew in the severely damaged plane and stayed with them and directed them towards England. Some 25 veterans heard the story just because Stigler never fired his guns that day. Both men eventually died in 2008.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 802713
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 527th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

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Date24 May 2017 15:25:26
ContributorRobertSmith
Sources

Multiple hobby and art websites, No contemporary photographs

Date24 May 2017 15:20:34
ContributorRobertSmith
Sources

Joe Baugher website. USASC-USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Military Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present (http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html)
via its search engine search engine http://cgibin.rcn.com/jeremy.k/cgi-bin/gzUsafSearch.pl?target=42-3167&cā€¦

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:40
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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