42-3413 Hard Luck !

Object Number - UPL 25803 - 42-3413 This photo is part of the 100th BG Collection and under that copyright. Michael Faley 100th BG Historian

Delivered Dallas 10/6/43; Dow Fd 18/8/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-V] Thorpe Abbotts 20/8/43; on mission to Berlin 7/5/44 with Loren Van Steenis, Navigator: Harry Becker (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Lester Torbett Wounded in Action, (8 Returned to Duty); Missing in Action SW Germany oil plants 14/8/44 with Don Cielewich, Co-pilot: Lenard Moen, Navigator: Clifford Brown, Bombardier: John Cochran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cyrenne Ropson, Radio Operator: Ben Baldasano, Ball turret gunner: John Funkhouser, Waist gunner: Herb Klepp, Tail gunner: Henry Sytnik (9 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d engine and fire spread and crew all bailed OK, aircraft skidded into farm and killed 10 civilians after crashed at Falken-Gesass, near Beerfeld, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 7899. HARD LUCK !

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33053006
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-682134
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-559633
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31167562
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 14 August 1944

Revisions

Date8 Jun 2021 21:04:27
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date30 Apr 2021 19:51:58
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Corrected a typo in the A/C "Description" - "Baldasano" was misspelled.

Date30 Apr 2021 19:32:25
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added an association to the 8th AF per MACR 7899.

Date30 Apr 2021 18:59:38
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:43
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7899 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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