42-97381

A B-17 Flying Fortress (DS-U, serial number 42-97381) of the 511th Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group with a B-26 Marauder. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'From Robert C. Allen (387th BG (M)) via Peter Crouchman.'

Object Number - FRE 4716 - A B-17 Flying Fortress (DS-U, serial number 42-97381) of the 511th Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group with a B-26 Marauder. Handwritten caption on...

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 17/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-U] Polebrook 12/4/44; {66m} battle damaged Brandenberg 6/8/44 with Chas Woodrum, aro-Raoul Brickman, Radio Operator: Bernard Levins, Ball turret gunner: Andy Bevin, Waist gunner: Walt Rankin, Waist gunner: Arnold Lomen,Tail gunner: Lt Don Fish (7 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Ellis Tompkins, Xn-Paul Tuerck (2MIA); Co-pilot: Bill Rohrbacher, Bombardier: Virgil Carneal, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Nick Marcinizyn (3 Prisoner of War). flak ko’d #4 engine, caught fire, but after feathering and using fire extinguisher to no avail, pilot gave order to abandon ship, when the latter three crewmen bailed out. However Woodrum dived the ship and managed to put the fire out and found some of the crew had bailed, then he ordered up TG-Fish up front to act as co-pilot, and shuffled the rest but then lost another engine north of Hamburg. Losing altitude all the way back the ship eventually crash landed at Leiston, Sfk. air base. Repaired and back to operations but on 25/8/44 with Woodrum was taxying and hit a tow-target B-17E 9121 knocking wing off, while ‘381 was also damaged; on t/o for mission to Euskirchen with Ray Butler 10/1/45 the front hatchcame open, he cut throttles and slid off runway and badly damaged; Returned to the USA Bradley 31/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 14/12/45. LINDA BALL II.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 351st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 508th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group 509th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19194991
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 351st Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Places

Aerial photograph of Leiston airfield looking south, the control tower and technical site are to the right, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/929. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Theberton/Saxmundham

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 6 August 1944

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:12
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7904 / MACR 7919 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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