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Robert Finney

Military

Robert Finney was a spare gunner on the Donald Cole crew when B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak' was shot down 5 January 1944 over Saintes, France. Evaded. Was back in England on 11 May 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 628.

Service

People

  • James Bradley

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Joined 13 June 1942. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882. Released from active duty 23 December 1945. ...

  • Donald Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Captain Cole was credited with saving the town by flying the plane into an open field. The site is still a memorial to his bravery.

  • Richard Gatesman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2014. Discharged 22 October 1945.

  • Joseph Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Downed by flak and fighters. Crashed near Royan, France. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 919.

  • Harland Hendrix

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Norton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882-883 (linked to E&E 882 for Bombardier Lt James M. Bradley.)

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 918.

  • Harold Thorne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Discharged 26 October 1945.

  • Harold Wiggins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-30665 Hunyak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boeing 7/7/43; Gore 17/7/43; Dallas 8/8/43; Palm Springs 9/8/43; Geiger 10/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-E] Snetterton 1/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Capt Donald Charles Cole (Killed in Action); Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 18 September 1915

California

Evaded capture 5 January 1944 – 8 May 1944

Landed in parachute near Saintes, France. Helped by French citizens and Résistance members. Crossed into Spain from France on 19 March 1944; arrived at Gibraltar on 8 May and was flown back from there on 10 May, landing in Bristol, UK 11 May 1944.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 10:51:58 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2014 / MACR 2014; Snetterton Falcons pg 97 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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