43-38788 Heavy Date

Object Number - UPL 38693 - B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-48788 ) crashed at Fassberg, Germany, circa 1948

Delivered Lincoln 21/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-T] Deenethorpe 7/11/44; battle damaged Oranienburg 10/4/45 with Claude Spence, Co-pilot: Hugh Reiner, Navigator: Vic Datlenko, togg-Phil Tumminia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Abe Lehat, Radio Operator: Mike Starrs,Tail gunner: John BaneWounded in Action (7 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Mark Meadows, Waist gunner: Dante DeFazioWounded in Action, Ball turret gunner: Jim Carson rcm (3 evaded capture); flak, crashed Wilsnack, Ger; Salvaged 16/5/45; Missing Air Crew Report 13913. HEAVY DATE.

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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 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12077778
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Togglier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball turret gunner

Places

Missions

  • Date: 16 November 1944
  • Date: 21 November 1944
  • Date: 25 November 1944
  • Date: 26 November 1944
  • Date: 4 December 1944

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Germany 1945-04-10

Revisions

Date29 May 2019 04:14:28
Contributorav8torrg
Sources

personL photos. Lt. R. Gardner

Date16 Nov 2014 14:22:01
ContributorMreiner16
Sources

I'm F/o Hughie Reiner's son. I have photos of nose art and details on the crews last mission.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:32
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13913 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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