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"Nut Cracker" Douglas-Long Beach B-17F-10-DL Flying Fortress, s/n 42-2985, 414th BS, 97th BG, 12th AF. Hit by flak on 1 August 1943 mission to bomb the airfield at Naples, Italy. 5 KIA, 5 POW.



  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...


  • Robert Rast

    Military | Lieutenant | Airplane Commander
    Shot down on Aug 1 1943 in B-17 #422985 Prisoner of War (POW), first in Italy then in Germany. 5 people parachuted from plane Plane was 'the Nutcracker'

  • William Shea

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Engineer; Gunner
    Sergeant. Shea flew 50 missions, he was originally with the 8th then transferred to 15th AAF and was stationed in Italy. He flew on 'The Nutcracker*. He was shot down on his 50th mission over Naples was captured by the fascists and consigned to Campo...


  • 42-2985

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered W Palm Beach 8/1/43; Assigned 414BS/97BG Biskra 28/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Missing in Action Naples 1/8/43 with Bob Rast, Alvarado, Ponemone, Bigelow, Dibble, Shea, Anderson, Nichols, Smith, Mathews; flak hit knocked off wing, crashed...



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