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43-38188 unknown name

B-17G-80-BO

MIA 10-7-44

 

July 5, 1944 Delivered to Cheyenne

July 23, 1944 to Kearney

August 3, 1944 to Grenier

August 4, 1944 to Assigned to 7th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38188 H/C 4BS Heath

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38188 H/C (unused ground spare lead)

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38188 H/C 4BS Heath

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 43-38188 H/C 4BS Runyon

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38188 H/C (unused ground spare lead)

Mission #70 September 28, 1944 43-38188 H/C 7BS Bush

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 43-38188 H/C 4BS Johanson

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 43-38188 B/D (unused ground spare lead)

Mission #75 October 7, 1944 43-38188 B/D 7BS Heiby  MIA.

 

B-17G 43-38188 B/D Missing in Action, Merseburg flak. On the return, the aircraft was trailing the

formation by about 20 miles with one or two engines out and airspeed at 125 KPH, when the pilot contacted the Group leader to ask for fighter support and permission to land at a friendly field on the continent. Permission was granted and fighters dispatched. Different crews monitoring the VHF heard the pilot contact the fighters and heard the fighters reply that they would follow him to a friendly field. The pilot was heard on VHF to state he was heading for Eindhoven, Holland. Unknown if he reached Eindhoven. Later learned that he forced-landed at Zutphen, Holland. With 7BS. Pilot: Heiby. Missing Air Crew Report # 9549. 2 Killed in Action, 7 Prisoner of War.

KIA HEIBY JAMES A  (P)                                 2 LT        7              O-820745                7              BUCYRUS OH

POW KREBAUM WILLIAM J (CP)                 2 LT        7              O-823883                8              DETROIT MI       

POW GEIST MEYER J (N)                                  2 LT        7              O-2058461              7              BROOKLYN NY

POW KUBLY ALVIN R (B)                                2 LT        7              O-717997                8              WATERTOWN WI

POW WEST LOUIS E (E/TT)                             SGT        7              39277653                7              SAN DIEGO CA

POW MOORE WILEY M JR (R)                        SGT        7              14180709                8              ASHEVILLE NC

KIA BETTERTON HUBERT M JR (W)            SGT        7              16167678                7              HARTSELLE AL

POW RILEY WILLIS R (BT)                              SGT        7              15375543                7              LEBANON OH

POW COATES EVERETTE F (TG)                    SGT        7              33851578                7              WAKE VA

 

NOTE: 2 LT Alvin R. Kubly was Returned to Duty March 28, 1945.

                Sgt Wiley M. Moor, Jr. was returned to Military Control on April 18, 1945.