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B-17F-DL 42-31XX (F-30-DL)
DOUGLAS Long Beach C/N 811X
Line No. 21X Delivered c. MAR. 1943
NOTE: 42-3173 and 3177 were assigned to the 351st BG.

The crew is alleged as that of the
351st BG, 510th BS. associated with
a later B-17G-BO 42-31763.
"Ten Horsepower"
Back Row, L-R:
S/Sgt. Archibald Mathies;
Sgt. Joseph F. Rex;
Sgt. Carl W. Moore;
Sgt, RussellR. Robinson;
Sgt. Thomas R. Sowell;
Sgt. Magnus A. Hagbo.

Front Row, L-R:
2nd. Lt. Clarence R. Nelson;
F/O Ronald E. Bartley;
2nd. Lt. Walter E. Truemper;
2nd. Lt. Joseph R. Martin.

Connections

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ronald Bartley

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot
    Killed in action in B-17 'Ten Horsepower' #42-31763 on 20 February 1944 mission to Leipzig.

  • Magnus Hagbo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed at Glatton, Huntingdonshire after fighter attacks forced it to abort a mission to Leipzig and return to England on 20 Feb 1944. RTD

  • Joseph Martin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed at Glatton, Huntingdonshire after fighter attacks forced it to abort a mission to Leipzig and return to England on 20 Feb 1944. Lt. Martin bailed out over Germany when the aircraft seemed doomed.

  • Archibald Mathies

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) 20 February 1944. After 8AF 226, Oschersleben, attempted to fly and land aircraft to save crew members who were too badly wounded to bail out. Died when B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed, along with three other crew...

  • Carl Moore

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed at Glatton, Huntingdonshire after fighter attacks forced it to abort a mission to Leipzig and return to England on 20 Feb 1944. RTD

  • Clarence Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Killed in action in B-17 'Ten Horsepower' #42-31763 on 20 February 1944. With co-pilot dead and Lt. Nelson severely wounded, Sergeant Archie Mathies and Lt. Truemper (neither pilots) chose not to bail out but attempted to land plane outside Polebrook...

  • Joseph Rex

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed at Glatton, Huntingdonshire after fighter attacks forced it to abort a mission to Leipzig and return to England on 20 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Russell Robinson

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed at Glatton, Huntingdonshire after fighter attacks forced it to abort a mission to Leipzig and return to England on 20 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Thomas Sowell

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed at Glatton, Huntingdonshire after fighter attacks forced it to abort a mission to Leipzig and return to England on 20 Feb 1944. RTD.

  • Walter Truemper

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    After 8AF 226, Oschersleben, attempted to fly and land aircraft to save crew members who were too badly wounded to bail out. Died when B-17 #42-31763 'Ten Horsepower' crashed, along with three other crew members, including S/Sgt. Archie Mathies, who...

Aircraft

  • 42-31763 Ten Horsepower

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 16/12/43; Denver 21/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2021 14:22:26 phil marchese Changes to collection and caption
Sources

The image is a B-17F with a Douglas line number and Long Beach style underside demarcation. These features are in contrast to the later B-17G-BO 42-31763.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 14:21:18 Emily Changes to mission associations
Sources

Removed associations not depicted in image

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2018 10:41:35 general ira snapsorter Created entry with caption
Sources

Photograph provided by Keith Morris, Pathfinder Heritage Centre, RAF Wyton. Words and images by kind permission of Rick School (USA).

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