42-5724 Thunderbird II, Marnita No. 2

Object Number - UPL 25320 - Lt. John C Kaufmann and crew of the 322nd Bomb Sqn., 91st Bomb Group, 8th air force, pose in front of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Thunderbird'....

Delivered Tulsa 9/10/42; Wayne 14/11/42; Salina 19/1/43; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 23/3/43; Missing in Action 9m St Nazaire 28/6/43 with Ed Brodnax, Co-pilot: John Kaufman, Navigator: Bill Deal, Bombardier: Bill Lakey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gustav Lund, Radio Operator: Ken Dunbar, Waist gunner: Jim Wright, Ball turret gunner: John Mikkelson (8 Killed in Action), Waist gunner: John Smith, Tail gunner: Virgil Anderson (2 Prisoner of War); KO’d by heavy flak, ditched Channel, survivors picked up by French. Missing Air Crew Report 15710. (possibly MARNITA earlier) THUNDERBIRD No. 2.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-470766 (14044069 on enlistment)
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-661817
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 322nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner

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Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW)

English Channel 28 June 1943

Revisions

Date2 Aug 2021 12:37:07
Contributoracbernstein1
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AAMIB

Date22 Jul 2021 22:07:22
Contributoracbernstein1
Date16 May 2021 20:54:25
Contributorjmoore43
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Added the Production block number per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-5-ve-42-5710-42-…

Date6 Feb 2021 16:52:33
Contributorphil marchese
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Marnita. (CORRECTION)

Date6 Feb 2021 16:51:15
Contributorphil marchese
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AAM associated image has aircraft displaying Martina No.2 on forward nose ( port side).

Date6 Feb 2021 16:47:57
Contributorphil marchese
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Typo (spelling) only.

Date6 Feb 2021 16:47:41
Contributorjmoore43
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Updated Production block # per info on the internet.
SOURCE: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/production-block/b-17f-5-ve-42-5710-42-…

Date6 Feb 2021 16:44:10
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date21 Jan 2020 19:00:32
Contributorphil marchese
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AAM associated image.
See also images of No 2.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:56
ContributorAAM
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15710 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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