42-32086 You Never Know

French civillians inspect a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-32086) nicknamed "You Never Know" of the 457th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '10/9/44 France.'

Object Number - FRE 1887 - French civillians inspect a crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-32086) nicknamed "You Never Know" of the 457th Bomb Group. Handwritten...

Delivered Cheyenne 22/1/44; Kearney 7/2/44; Presque Is 18/2/44; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 3/3/44; transferred 749BS/457BG [N] Glatton 5/3/44; battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Loren Hampton, Co-pilot: Orville Hocker, Navigator: Bob Mattox, Bombardier: Andy Friesen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Maurice Diehl, Radio Operator: Russ Karl, Ball turret gunner: Thomas Farrell (7 Returned to Duty); Waist Gunner: Mike Pipock and Tail gunner: Glen Seeber (2 Killed in Action); bailed out before ship force landed friendly territory at Joigny, France; returned 11/9/44;

According to one source, probably sustaining battle damage and mixed up with operation to Gaggenau the following day; crash landed between Senan, Neuilly and Champlay, France. Salvaged 15/2/45. YOU NEVER KNOW.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
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 749th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36746299
  • Role/Job: Engineer/Top Turret gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 749th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32856644
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 749th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-769273
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 749th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-750981
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 749th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-761739
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-pilot

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

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

76571 Gaggenau, Germany 1944-09-10

Crashed

89300 Joigny, France 1944-09-10

Revisions

Date12 Dec 2017 12:37:58
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Removed Alexander McDermott from crew on 10 Sept 1944 as his is not listed in MACR 8904: https://www.fold3.com/image/28737186

Date12 Dec 2017 11:58:51
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Removed Cliff Digre (BTG), John Brown (WG) , Earl Johnson (CP) and Earl Rinehart (FE/TTG) from crew on 10 Sept 1944 as they are not listed in MACR 8904: https://www.fold3.com/image/28737186

Date28 Nov 2014 12:27:58
ContributorEmily
Sources

Name and markings based on associated media.

Additional detail from Watkins, 'Battle Colours, Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, Bomber Command', pp. 100-101

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:42
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8904 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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