42-97073

Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Alexandra 12/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44 with Vince Kaminski, Bombardier: Dee Black, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Agee, Radio Operator: Larry Cooper, Ball turret gunner: Joe Johnson, Waist gunner: Bill May, Waist gunner: Everett Bushendorf,Tail gunner: Harry Hertzan (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Enstad, Navigator: Chas Manning (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set #1 on fire, then ship exploded, crashed woods near Steinburg, 12 miles N of Dessau, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 5311.

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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 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6962724
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-749667
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36264715
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 24 April 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 24 January 1944 Delivered Cheyenne AAF 24-Jan-44.

Assigned

Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 23 March 1944 Assigned 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed

Steinburg, Germany 28 May 1944 Failed to Return (FTR) Dessau 28-May-44 enemy aircraft set #1 on fire, then ship exploded, crashed woods near Steinburg, 12 miles N of Dessau 2 x POW, 8 x KIA MACR 5311

Manufactured

Seattle, WA, USA Built at Boeing.

Revisions

Date17 May 2022 13:00:10
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date3 Dec 2017 11:56:53
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:09
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5311 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database