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43-38971 unknown name MIA 3-23-45

B-17G-100-BO

 

October 24, 1944 Delivered to Hunter

November 9, 1944 to Dow Field

November 10, 1944 Assigned to the 7th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

Mission #117 January 28, 1945 43-38971 B/A (unused ground spare)

Mission #118 January 29, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Thaete

Mission #119 February 3, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

Mission #120 February 6, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Springer

Mission #121 February 9, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

Mission #122 February 14, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

Mission #123 February 15, 1945 43-38971 B/A (unused ground spare)

Mission #124 February 17, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

Mission #125 February 19, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Lerch

Mission #127 February 21, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #130 February 25, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Thaete        Aborted.

Mission #131 February 26, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Mueller

Mission #133 March 1, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Mann

Mission #134 March 2, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Mueller

Mission #135 March 3, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Mueller

Mission #136 March 4, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #137 March 7, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #138 March 8, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Butler

Mission #139 March 10, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #140 March 11, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #141 March 12, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #143 March 15, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Hall

Mission #144 March 17, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Mann

Mission #145 March 18, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Rawson

Mission #146 March 19, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond        Aborted #2 engine out

Mission #149 March 22, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Raymond

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 43-38971 B/A 18BS Bolser             MIA. See below.

 

Mission #150 March 23, 1945 B-17G 43-38971 B/A Missing in Action Holswickede, Germany, flak and mid-air collision. This plane was hit by flak just after bombs away and three to four feet of the left wing tip was torn away. The plane peeled away from the formation to the left and collided with a B-17 from the 447BG.  That 447BG plane was in a three plane element flying with the 487BG that had been on a collision course with the 34BG on the bomb run. These three planes had also just released bombs and were peeling away when the collision occurred. Both planes crashed. Two chutes were seen but it uncertain from which plane they came. Crashed Hamm. With 18BS. Pilot: Bolser. Missing Air Crew Report # 13598. 9 Killed in Action.

KIA BOLSER MYRON A (P)                             2 LT        18            O-777096                10            AVON KS

KIA MAILLARD ROGER E (CP)                       F/O         18            T-5011                    10

KIA LANCASTER HOMER B (N)                    F/O         18            T-134826                11            ECKHART MINES MD

KIA ESHLEMAN JAY D (Tog)                         SGT        18            33501052                10            QUARRYVILLE PA

KIA JERRIS THOMAS W (TT)                         S/SGT     18            32674898                9              ROCHESTER NY

KIA HECKMAN JOHN M (R)                           S/SGT     18            15359109                10

KIA STAMOS DONALD S (BT)                       SGT        18            39419699                10            ACAMPO CA     

KIA FROST RUSSELL D (TG)                           SGT        18            36752634                9              DEERFIELD IL

KIA PEGG ALBERT O (WG)                              SGT        18            39726438                9              SAN PEDRO CA