42-97084 Spare Charlie

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation. B-17s (GD-H, serial number 42-97064) and (GD-K, serial number 42-97076) nicknamed "Dee Marie" are visible in the foreground. Image via George J Letzer. Printed caption on reverse: 'Boeing B-17G-40-BO.'

Object Number - FRE 1276 - B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation. B-17s (GD-H, serial number 42-97084) and (GD-K, serial number 42-97076) nicknamed...

Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-H] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action Tingry-Abbeville 22/6/44 with Sam Peak, Co-pilot: Bob Petroski, Navigator: John Lundberg, Bombardier: Allen Osterberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Murl Simmons, Radio Operator: Frank Welke, Ball turret gunner: Bob Scharff,Tail gunner: Max Rockey (8 Killed in Action); Waist gunner: Dick Oberlin (Prisoner of War); direct flak KOd #2 & #3, followed by fire an explosion, crashed a mile W of Epagnette, two miles SE of Abbeville, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 5918. SPARE CHARLIE.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-676081
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35547736
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741356
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-398074
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-801198
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Co-Pilot

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Aircraft

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation. B-17s (GD-H, serial number 42-97064) and (GD-K, serial number 42-97076) nicknamed "Dee Marie" are visible in the foreground. Image via George J Letzer. Printed caption on reverse: 'Boeing B-17G-40-BO.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Spare Charlie
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Events

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Failed to Return (FTR)

France 22 June 1944

Revisions

Date26 Sep 2019 17:45:10
Contributorvppelt68
Sources

IWM AAM

Date26 Sep 2019 17:43:10
Contributorvppelt68
Sources

IWM AAM

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:09
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5918 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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