42-37879 Wrinkled Belly Baby

Object Number - UPL 19223 - B-17G 42-37879 'Wrinkled Belly Baby' 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Delivered Denver 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [BG-U] Horham 11/11/43; with W.P. Kelley force landed Attlebridge afb, Suffolk, 11/12/43; two days later the u/c would not extend and force landed at Honington AFB with H. M. Powers, Co-pilot: F. McLedd, Navigator: V. Fox, Bombardier: H. Levine, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: W. Knipper, Radio Operator: C. Selix, Ball turret gunner: T. Kennedy, Waist gunner: W. O’Keefe, Waist gunner: J. Doherty,Tail gunner: P. Allard (10 Returned to Duty); on mission to Ruhrland 21/6/44 Bombardier: Norris Kent (Killed in Action); 46m, Missing in Action Zeitz 16/8/44 with Bob Williams, Navigator: Ed Kasner, Bombardier: Bill McNabb, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Warren Strahm, Waist gunner: Ralph Burnett (5 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Leland Karpe, Radio Operator: Jim Curtis, Ball turret gunner: Omer Mullins, Tail gunner: Don Michael (4 Killed in Action); flak hit causing mid-air collision with #42-97797 (95BG), crashed Rehmsdorf, NE of Zeitz Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 8176. WRINKLED BELLY BABY.

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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 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-435741
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16120396
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-821248
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35151793
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120
Aerial photography of Honington airfield looking south, the technical site with four C-type hangars and bomb dump are at the top, 21 June 1946. Photograph taken by No. 540 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/1589. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: RAF Honington

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Full House
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

Rehmsdorf, 06729 Elsteraue, Germany 1944-08-16 - 1944-08-16 Missing in Action Zeitz 16/8/44. Cause - flak hit causing mid-air collision with 42-97797 (95BG), crashed Rehmsdorf, NE of Zeitz Germany. (5 x POW, 4 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 8176.

Crashed

Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 1943-12-11 Force landed Attlebridge AFB, Suffolk, 11/12/43. Pilot Lt W P Kelley.

Crashed

Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 1943-12-13 U/C would not extend and force landed Honington AFB. Pilot Lt H M Powers.

Other

Combat casualty

Ruhrland, 45239 Essen, Germany 1944-06-21 On mission to Ruhrland 21/6/44. Bombardier Norris Kent KIA.

Revisions

Date19 May 2022 11:38:22
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8176 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date23 Apr 2020 19:11:29
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date30 Nov 2015 15:22:10
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:46
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8176 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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