42-40050 Channel Express III

Object Number - UPL 52571 - AC # 42-40050 'Channel Express III' 401st Bomb Group

Delivered Long Beach 16/11/43; Gr Island 4/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; Prestwick, UK 15/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Bordeaux 19/6/44 with Bill Massey, Bombardier: Lew Stelljes, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Beard (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Dominic Ceresa, Radio Operator: Harry Earnes, Ball turret gunner: Bob Mahler, Waist gunner: Alf Wieters, Waist gunner: Jim Faulkner,Tail gunner: Paul White (7 Killed in Action); mech. fault, spun down and exploded, crashed Chez Renard, near Jauldes, ten miles N of Angouleme, Fr ; Missing Air Crew Report 6002. CHANNEL EXPRESS III.

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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

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36703821
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier, Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner / Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35598397
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37318955
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot

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Failed to Return (FTR)

France 19 June 1944

Revisions

Date25 Oct 2021 17:52:29
Contributoracbernstein1
Sources

AAMIB

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:52
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6002 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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