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43-38343 The Big Gear

B-17G-85-BO

 

July 23, 1944 Delivered to Cheyenne

August 4, 1944 to Hunter

August 15, 1944 to Dow Field

August 17, 1944 Assigned to 391st Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38343 L/I Perry (composite Sq. flying with 493BG)

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #67 September 25, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel        (Major damage T/Sgt Melvin A. Backens 37462530 (Gunner) Lightly Wounded in Action.

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Freidel

 

October 2, 1944 43-38343 L/I

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #19 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 43-38343 L/I 7BS Vick

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Halbert

Mission #76 October 9, 1944 43-38343 L/I Friedel (incorrected shown as L/T)

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Feldman         Aborted mechanical #3 engine out

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #83 October 26, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #86 November 4, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Felker

Mission #88 November 6, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Feldman

Mission #89 November 9, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel        Major damage

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel        Aborted oil in #1 engine

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #99 December 11, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Hammersley

Mission #100 December 12, 1944 43-38343 L/I 18BS Friedel         Leaflets only.

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #102 December 24, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Friedel

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 43-38343 L/I 391BS Ettlebrick

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Blum

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Jones, J. L.

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Jones, J. L.

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth           Oxygen system went out 2 minutes before target Bombardier helping Engineer

Mission #111 January 13, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Sherman

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Sherman

Mission #115 January 20, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #119 February 3, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Hammersley

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Latz

Mission #122 February 14, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #123 February 15, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #124 February 17, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Waarvick

Mission #125 February 19, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #126 February 20, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Waarvick

Mission #127 February 21, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Delain

Mission #128 February 22, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Delain

Mission #129 February 24, 1945 43-38343 L/I (unused ground spare)

Mission #130 February 25, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #131 February 26, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #132 February 27, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #133 March 1, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #134 March 2, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth                Slight damage

Mission #135 March 3, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #136 March 4, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Waarvick

Mission #137 March 7, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #138 March 8, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Wilcox

Mission #139 March 10, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 43-38343 L/I (unused ground spare)

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Wilcox

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 43-38343 L/I (unused spare)

Mission #147 March 20, 1945 43-38343 L/I 18BS Mehling

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Evans              Aborted - #1 engine. Returned load.

Mission #154 March 30, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Gast

Mission #155 March 31, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #156 April 3, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth  Aborted - mechanical.

Mission #157 April 4, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #158 April 5, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #160 April 8, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #161 April 9, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS DeLain

Mission #164 April 14, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #165 April 15, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #166 April 16, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #167 April 17, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #169 April 19, 1945 43-38343 L/I 391BS Werth

Mission #171 May 1, 1945 43-38343 L/I Dwyer (scheduled but scratched)

 

43-38343 The Big Gear

B-17G-85-BO

June 20, 945 Returned to US: Bradley

Flown to the US by the Dwyer crew #65-34. See Microfilm reel BO115, p.1594.

Dwyer, Harold E.                                  1Lt          O-784131                Pilot                        1091

Thorpe, William H.                               2Lt          O-784247                Co-Pilot                  1091

Menefee, Robert H.                             F/O         T-135796                Nav                         1034

Noe, John L.                                          T/Sgt      36879859                Radio Op               757

Brown, George W.                               T/Sgt      17061667                Engr                        748

Janusz, Theodore                                 T/Sgt      31175150                Crew Chief             750

Bell, Robert E. Jr.              S/Sgt      19186892                Gunner                   612

Duval, Emile A. Jr.                                S/Sgt      19205075                Gunner                   612

Gilchrist, Herman T.                             S/Sgt      13133811                Gunner                   612

Hardy, George A. Jr.                            S/Sgt      18134515                Gunner                   938

Ryan, Richard E.                                   1Lt          O-738791                Passenger              1035

Lee, Wallace B.                                     S/Sgt      19148037                Passenger              685

Frazier, Duly J.                                      Sgt          32934982                Passenger              809

Michalowski, Frank T.                         Sgt          39276834                Passenger              901 ORD

Snowden, Charles L.                            Sgt          34624017                Passenger              555

Coupe, Walter R.                                  Sgt          12137837                Passenger              747

Hartline, Earl A.                                    Cpl          39705415                Passenger              345

Roark, Glen M.                                      Cpl          39205013                Passenger              555

Brothers, William J.                              Pfc          39021467                Passenger              493 (or 403)

Martin, Robert E.                                  Pfc          35769532                Passenger              982 (or 932)

 

June 22, 1945 to 4168 Base Unit South Plains

December 13, 1945 to RFC Kingman.