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96th Bomb Group, 339th Bomb Squadron, crew members identified as "Marty" Zajicek and Steele M. Roberts.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron


  • Steele Roberts

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    POW crashed near Schieben on 19 Mar 45 in B-17 #44-8704. Came down SW of Calau. On the following day Sgt. Roberts was escorted by Germans to the churchyard of a small town where his comrades were lain out in a wagon prior to burial. ...

  • David Thomas

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and caught ...


  • 44-8704

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 17/12/44; Dow Fd 5/12/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 22/1/45; Missing in Action Jena Opt Wks 19/3/45 with Capt Francis Jones, Co-pilot: Dave Thomas, Bombardier: George Vandruff, Radio Operator: Herb Rotfeld,...


  • Eccles

    Military site : non-airfield
    Exact location unknown - centred on the Eccles Road area adjacent to Snetterton Heath 138. There is an active, but un-manned railway station there that would probably have been used in Eccles proposed capacity as a Strategic Air Depot Area. However,...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 12:25:58 kneelhurst Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

The photograph survived in my Great Uncle's Footlocker, Lt. David L. Thomas