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43-38406 unknown name Lost 12-15-44

B-17G-85-BO

 

July 29, 1944 Delivered to Cheyenne

August 7, 1944 to Hunter

August 22, 1944 to Dow Field

August 23, 1944 Assigned to 391st Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

Mission #70 September 28, 1944 43-38406 L/S 4BS Anderson

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 43-38406 H/J (unused ground spare)

 

                       October 2, 1944 43-38406 H/J

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #21 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 43-38406 H/I (unused ground spare)

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Palmer

Mission #75 October 7, 1944 43-38406 L/W 7BS Alleman

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Felker

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 43-38406 L/W 7BS Carter

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

Mission #83 October 26, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Livingston

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 43-38406 L/W (unused ground spare)

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Baker                         Aborted – mechanical. Jettisoned bombs.

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Baker

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 43-38406 L/W 18BS Richardson, Z.

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Johanson

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Notman

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 43-38406 L/W 391BS Livingston              Major damage. S/Sgt Edward Ostrowski 35752987 (WG) KIA, One man WIA (doesn’t say who).

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 43-38406 L/W 7BS Kimmerle    Battle damaged and landed in Belgium. See below.

 

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 B-17G 43-38406 L/W Battle damaged at Hannover and force landed at Melsbroek Airfield, Belgium. With 7BS. Pilot: Kimmerle. No Missing Air Crew Report. Badly damaged by strafing on the ground at Brussels 1-1-45. Salvaged 2-1-45.

Mission #101 December 15, 1944 B-17G 43-38406 L/W Battle damaged at Hannover and force landed at Melsbroek Airfield, Belgium. With 7BS. Pilot: Kimmerle. No Missing Air Crew Report. Badly damaged by strafing on the ground at Brussels 1-1-45. Salvaged 2-1-45.

RTD Kimmerle, John F. (P)                                 1LT         18            O-735085

RTD Talbott, Neil F. (CP)                                    1LT         18            O-760921

RTD Mahon, William J.(N)                                 2LT         18            O-723647

RTD Rankin, Don B. (B)                                      CAPT     18            O-725035

RTD Zufall, Darrell A. (Eng)                               T/Sgt      18            33574332

RTD Mee, Richard V. (RO)                                 T/Sgt      18            12084287

RTD Armstrong, Denton R. (BG)                      Cpl          18            39146470

RTD King, Thomas C. (WG)                              S/Sgt      18            20114154

RTD Young,  Glen L (TG)                                   S/Sgt      18            38395250

RTD Derenge, Michael J. (Photographer)        Sgt          18            35749034

 

January 1, 1945 B-17G 43-38406 L/W badly damaged by strafing on the ground at Brussels. Salvaged 2-1-45 See photo on page 413 in Roger Freeman Mighty Eighth War Diary.)