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44-8140 unknown name (PFF) MIA 12-5-44

B-17G-50-VE

Pathfinder

 

June 16, 1944 Delivered to Dallas

July 22, 1944 to Langley

August 12, 1944 to Dow Field

August 18, 1944 Assigned to 490th Bomb Group, Debach

August 19, 1944 Transferred to the 4th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

October 2, 1944 44-8140 ?/? (will be H/I by Oct. 6, 1944)

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #9 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 44-8140 H/I 18BS Baker (PFF) Jettisoned bombs. #2 turbocharger.

Mission #75 October 7, 1944 44-8140 H/I 18BS Israelson (PFF)

Mission #76 October 9, 1944 44-8140 H/K Fisher with 490BG (PFF)

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 44-8140 H/I 391BS Baker (PFF)

Mission #78 October 15, 1944 44-8140 H/I 18BS Ray (PFF)

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 44-8140 H/I 7BS Ray (PFF)

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 44-8140 H/I (unused ground spare PPF)

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 44-8140 H/I 7BS Baker, W. B (PFF)

 

December 5, 1944 B-17G 44-8140 H/K Missing in Action Berlin flak. Crashed Gross Zerlang, Germany. With 4BS. Pilot: Kermode. Missing Air Crew Report # 11046. 10 Killed in Action, 1 Prisoner of War. Evidently leading the 490BG formation. Did not fly with the 34BG formation on this date.

POW KERMODE DONALD J (P)                      CAPT     4              O-808428                ALHAMBRA CA

KIA GREGORY RALPH E JR (ComP)               CAPT     490BG     O-382940                WINNETHKA IL

KIA MEADOWS MARTIN F (CP)                   1 LT        4              O-816537                MACON GA

KIA WOOD WILLIAM F (N)                            1 LT        4              O-700093                WHEATON IL

KIA HILLWEG CHARLES U (B)                       1 LT        4              O-690568                ROCKFORD IL

KIA UPSHAW CHARLES C (MO)                   2 LT        4              O-762839                HIGH POINT NC

KIA MAYER CLEMENTS T (E/TT)                 T/SGT    4              16131401                GREEN BAY WI

KIA BRUCE JAMES L  (R)                                 T/SGT    4              38366314                CORPUS CHRISTI TX

KIA CALDWELL JOHN T (WG)                       S/SGT     4              33570000                DUBOIS PA

KIA DORR EARL L  JR (TG)                              S/SGT     4              31293194                PROVIDENCE RI

KIA MEYER WALTER A JR (Gunner)            S/SGT     4              17097867                OMAHA NE