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44-8263 unknown name MIA 1-14-45

B-17G-55-VE

 

July 27, 1944 Delivered to Dallas

August 2, 1944 to Cheyenne

August 10, 1944 to Kearney

August 23, 1944 to Grenier

August 30, 1944 Assigned to the 7th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

MISSION LIST

 

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Finch but cancelled, did not fly)

Mission #70 September 28, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 4BS Gardner

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 4BS Finch

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Weaver

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Runyan

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Alleman

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Finch but replaced)

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #86 November 4, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (unused ground spare)

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Davis

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 18BS Goss

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS O’Grady

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Vick but replaced.)

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Giardini

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Weaver

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Roscher

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 47BS McLean

Mission #111 January 13, 1945 44-8263 E/Y (schedule for Giardini but replaced)

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Carter Lost MIA. See below

 

 

MISSION DETAILS

 

Mission #68 September 26, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Finch but cancelled, did not fly)

Mission #70 September 28, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 4BS Gardner

 

                       October 2, 1944 44-8263 E/Y

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #6 at 2100-2200 hours.

 

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 4BS Finch

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Weaver

 

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Runyan

Bombs jettisoned. #3 engine trouble.

 

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Alleman

Mission #80 October 19, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #81 October 22, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Finch but replaced)

Mission #82 October 25, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #84 October 28, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #85 October 30, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

 

Mission #86 November 4, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Trailing antenna broken. Replaced.

 

Mission #87 November 5, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Major damage

 

Mission #90 November 16, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #91 November 21, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (unused ground spare)

 

Mission #92 November 25, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Major damage

 

Mission #94 November 29, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #95 November 30, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #96 December 4, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Davis

 

Mission #98 December 6, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 18BS Goss

Jettisoned bombs 2 miles NW of IP, #2 engine out.

 

Mission #103 December 27, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #104 December 28, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Finch

Mission #105 December 30, 1944 44-8263 E/Y 7BS O’Grady

Mission #106 December 31, 1944 44-8263 E/Y (scheduled for Vick but replaced.)

Mission #107 January 2, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Giardini

Mission #108 January 3, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Weaver

Mission #109 January 7, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Roscher

Mission #110 January 10, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 47BS McLean

Mission #111 January 13, 1945 44-8263 E/Y (schedule for Giardini but replaced)

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 44-8263 E/Y 7BS Carter Lost MIA. See below

 

Mission #112 January 14, 1945 B-17G 44-8263 E/Y  Missing in Action Derben flak. Aircraft was hit by flak in the right wing, the explosion of which tore off the outer wing panel next to the outboard engine nacelle, leaving about a foot and a half of airleron. The aircraft rose slightly then veered into a right almost vertical bank, then into a right spiral, which developed into a steep right spin. No fire was seen. Two to four chutes were seen. Aircraft exploded on impact. Crashed Innien, Germany. With 7BS. Pilot: Carter. Missing Air Crew Report # 11565.  8 Killed in Action, 1 Prisoner of War.

KIA CARTER LESLIE C (P)                               1 LT        7              O-761235                24            SANTA ANA CA

KIA ROZELL JOSEPH E (B)                               1 LT        7              O-772079                26            NEW YORK NY

KIA RUSSELL JOHN J (N)                                 1 LT        7              O-723694                26            NEW YORK NY

KIA KOCH ROBERT A (CP)                              2 LT        7              O-822470                8              CHICAGO IL

KIA GUSE LEONARD W (R)                             T/SGT    7              37344523                22            LONGMONT CO

KIA HUT MOE (E/TT)                                        T/SGT    7              12145645                23            BROOKLYN NY

KIA BARREDA FERNANDO A (WG)             S/SGT     7              38213215                24            ELPASO TX

KIA BELH ROBERT C (BT)                               S/SGT     7              42080925                25            SEWELL NJ

POW ROMERO CLEVELAND J JR (TG)          S/SGT     7              38489733                20            LAFAYETTE LA