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43-38263 Dies Irae

B-17G-80-BO

 

July 14, 1944 Delivered to Cheyenne

July 22, 1944 to Hunter

July 31, 1944 to Presque Isle

August 2, 1944 Assigned to 7th Squadrom, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38263 E/N 391BS Palmer

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38263 E/N 4BS Timblin

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 43-38263 E/N 4BS McCage

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #70 September 28, 1944 43-38263 E/N (scheduled for Mowers but replaced.)

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

 

                       October 2, 1944 43-38263 E/N

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #7 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Richardson

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers              Major damage

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers            Jettisoned bombs due to malfunction.

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers        Major damage

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers        Major damage

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS James

Mission #99 December 11, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #100 December 12, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Alling

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Carter

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Roscher

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Vick

Mission #111 January 13, 1945 43-38263 E/N (unused ground spare)

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 43-38263 E/N (unused ground spare)

Mission #113 January 15, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Peterson

Mission #114 January 16, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Mowers          Landed in Belgium at RAF base.

Mission #115 January 20, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Austin             #1 engine out. 5 Crewmembers bailed out. See below.

Mission #115 January 20, 1945 B-17G 43-38263 E/N This plane caught fire in #1 engine during assembly over Buncher #19 at about 20,000 feet. As the flames began to flow over the wing, the pilot had the crew stand by for bail out. As the flames continued to increase in intensity and the aircraft started to go out of control into in diving spiral, the pilot ordered the bail out as it seemed the plane could blow up at any moment. 5 crewmembers bailed out at this time, over the English Channel. Air-Sea Rescue was advised immediately. When the increased airspeed seemed to extinguish the flames, the remaining crew was ordered to stand by and await developments. Returning to the field the plane caught fire once again then went out as it came in for a landing. Caught fire again when it landed but went out as the prop stopped turning. As the crew left the plane, it caught fire once again and had to be put out by the fire crews. With 7BS. Pilot: Austin. Unnumbered Missing Air Crew Report showing 5 MIA, later changed to KIA. The plane was eventually repaired and put back into service.

RTD AUSTIN RAYMOND E (P)                       1 LT        7              O-759100

RTD SORRELL, RAYMOND G JR (CP)            2 LT        7              O-768280

KIA SOMMER PETER W (N)                            1 LT        7              O-723197                IL

RTD DAVIS KENNETH J (R)                             T/SGT    7              19095572

RTD WILLIAMS FELIX M JR (E)                     SGT        7              34702621               

RTD COBB CECIL G (BT)                   S/SGT     7              34632370

KIA FISHER JAMES W (WG)                           S/SGT     7              38532803                TX

KIA HICKERSON THOMAS W (TG)              S/SGT     7              38563457                OK

KIA YATES ROBERT J (Tog)                           T/SGT    7              39551990                CA

KIA RIVETT RICHARD S (Photographer)      S/SGT     391          16076381                IL

Mission #119 February 3, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS James

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Curtiss                            Landed away at B-58. Returned to Mendlesham 9Feb45.

Mission #122 February 14, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Dold

Mission #123 February 15, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Sheesley       Landed at Brussels, Belgium.

Mission #171 May 1, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Balzer

Mission #172 May 2, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Couse

Mission #173 May 3, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Balzer

Mission #174 May 5, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Balzer

Mission #175 May 6, 1945 43-38263 E/N 18BS Williams (listed incorrectly as E/H)

Mission #176 May 7, 1945 43-38263 E/N 7BS Balzer

Mission #177 May 15, 1945 43-38263 E/N Carman

 

43-38263 Dies Irae

B-17G-80-BO

June 21, 1945 Returned to US Bradley

Flown to US by Clarke crew #5-34..  (Microfilm reel BO115, p.1462)

Clarke, William W.               2 Lt         O-833497                Pilot                        1091

Culbertson, Charles E.         2 Lt         O-2063987              Co-Pilot                  1091

Lehman, Ralph M.                2 Lt         O-2074007              Nav                         1034

Hensler, Robert A.               Sgt          12161301                Engr                        748

Knudson, Sterling B.           Sgt          32896916                Radio Op               757

Wadsworth, Herbert S.       Sgt          33246371                Crew Chief             750

Faber, Stephen A.                Sgt          33117914                Gunner                   747

Smith, Ralph K.                     Sgt          33736775 ?             Gunner                   612 (could be 33756775)

Mason, Jack A.                    Sgt          13134730                Gunner                   611

Poulos, Arthur                      Sgt          11141110                Gunner                   611

Krell, Arden                          Capt        O-868206                Passenger              4822

Barnett, Louis M.                 M/Sgt     33193120                Passenger              678

Grimes, Robert M.                T/Sgt      15103718                Passenger              911

Blair, Andrew                        S/Sgt      34268284                Passenger              911

Kelley, James F.                    1 Lt         02068099                Passenger              1035

Rouse, Ebern D.                   Sgt          34464204                Passenger              911

Barbee, William J.                 Cpl          35174972                Passenger              911

Noble, Leonard W.              Sgt          34770249                Passenger              678

Tatich, George C.                 Sgt          33420134                Passenger              678

Vanasdale, Burton C.           Cpl          35622421                Passenger              911

 

June 23, 1945 to 4168 BU South Plains

December 17, 1945 RFC Kingman.