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VIII Bomber Command 96

15 September 1943

Official description

Not yet known


5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS join a night mission with the RAF to bomb the Dunlop Rubber Factory at Montlucon, France. There are no losses or claims.

Mission details

1. MONTLUCON (Primary)



Aircraft type

B-17 Flying Fortress


5 B-17 of 305th Bomb Group/422SQD join RAF in night raid


Mission Statistics

Tonnage dropped 11.00
Number of aircraft Sent 5
Number of aircraft Effective 5



  • Paul Bensel

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • James Cruchon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • William Fowler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz' 10-Oct-43; shot down, baled out Haakbergen, Holland, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leander Haschke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Glenn Kofoed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak enroute to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt and again on the return on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3500. Most of crew baled out, pilot was wounded so LtCol Alford, the H2X operator, made a forced landing near Winterswijk, Holland....

  • Robert Leventhal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Bonnie Skloss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    various sources list his middle name as "no middle name/initial", Anton, Anthony

  • Victor Stachniewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Glinford Walls

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Willis

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group


  • 42-5954 Mister Yank II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/5/43; Kearney 10/6/43; Dow Fd 7/7/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 11/7/43; Returned to the USA 30/3/44. Salvaged 4/1/46. MR YANK II.


Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 17:03:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 23-Jun-2015. Added Detailed Description based on "The Mighty Eighth War Diary", Roger A. Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:43:18 AAM AAM ingest

Lee Cunningham, 8th Air Force missions research database / Stan Bishop's 'Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces', the Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces and the work of Roger Freeman including the 'Mighty Eighth War Diary'.