42-97683

Object Number - UPL 19329 - Tail fin of B-17G 42-97683, recovered for the NMUSAF museum in 1996 by the USAF, from a farmers shed, where it formed part of a wall.

Delivered Denver 26/1/44; 1SAG Langley 7/3/44; Grenier 7/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 8/4/44; lead ship t/o from Poltava, Russia for shuttle mission to Italy (Op Frantic IV) target Szolnok Afd, Hungary18/9/44 with Capt Jim Miller, Co-pilot: Bill Manning, Radio Operator: Paul Landrum, Waist gunner: Lou Cimbola,Tail gunner: Bob Graff, Col Carl Truesdell [mission pilot, Lt George Prokopec radar nav (7 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Bill Steele, Xn-Lyle Dallman, Bombardier: John Bromberg, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Chas Hatton (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #4, but limped on to crash landed Foggia, Italy; Missing Air Crew Report 10201. 18m, sal & repaired then re-assigned to 301BG 15th AF in Italy; transferred 352BS/301BG Lucera 28/10/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 15/3/45 with Dale Thornton, Narracci, Tyler, Stefko, Rury, Taylor, Lake, Yovich, Marich (9 Prisoner of War); Sanchez (Killed in Action); Missing Air Crew Report 12824.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Places

Sergeant George Mondale, Lieutenant Ernest Demaray, Sergeant John McCallum and Lieutenant Roger Soth of the 452nd Bomb Group with Russian personnel. Image via William C Gaither. Letter from Gaither enclosed with print: ‘These photographers were taken at Poltava, Russia on June 22 1944. On June 21st my group, the 452d and others flew from England to Poltava en route hitting oil refinery at Rhurland, Germany. That night after landing German dive bombers bombed the field destroying ninety or more B-17 airc
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Eastern Command Headquarters (ESCOM)

Missions

  • Date: 18 September 1944
  • Official Description: 110 B-17’s and 150 P-51’s (64 P-51’s to continue to USSR) drop supplies to Polish forces at Warsaw. 3 B-17’s abort and 2 are lost. After completing supply drop, 105 B-17’s and the 64 P-51’s proceed to USSR.
  • Date: 15 March 1945

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Failed to Return (FTR)

Foggia FG, Italy 1944-09-18 - 1944-09-19 Lead ship t/o from Poltava, Russia for shuttle mission to Italy (Op Frantic IV) target Szolnok Afd, Hungary 18/9/44. Flak KO’d #4, but limped on to crash landed Foggia, Italy; (7 x RTD, 4 x POW) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 10201. Pilot Lt James M Miller.

Other

Salvaged/Repaired

Italy Salvaged, repaired then re-assigned to 301BG 15th AF in Italy.

Crashed

Ruhland, Germany 1945-03-15 Missing in Action Ruhland 15/3/45. (9 x POW, 1 x KIA) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 12824. Pilot Lt Dale Thornton.

Revisions

Date6 Dec 2015 17:24:47
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:15
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10201 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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