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44-8303 unknown name MIA 9-28-44

B-17G-60-VE

 

August 4, 1944 Delivered to Lincoln

August 20, 1944 to Bangor

August 22, 1944 to Grenier

August 24, 1944 Assigned to 4th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham.

 

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 44-8303 B/K 4BS Alleman

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 44-8303 B/K 18BS Talbot

Mission #66 September 22, 1944 44-8303 B/K 18BS Kiley

Mission #69 September 27, 1944 44-8303 B/K 18BS Kiley

Mission #70 September 28, 1944 44-8303 B/K 4BS Schwartz        MIA. See below.

 

B-17G 44-8303 B/K Sustained a direct flak hit between #2 engine and the fuselage, immediately bursting into flames which envelope the entire plane. The plane pulled out of the formation, saving other aircraft in the formation, and went into a spin. The aircraft exploded after about three turns at about 12,000 feet. Some crews saw maybe two chutes. Missing Air Crew Report unnumbered? Check #9368

KIA SCHWARTZ SERAPHIN E (P)                 2 LT        4              O-817543                15            ROCHESTER NY

KIA EIKE RICHARD J (CP)                               2 LT        4              O-820975                14            ROCHESTER NY

POW SMITH THOMAS H (N)                          1 LT        4              O-702973                28

KIA McBEE IRA C (B)                                        F/O         18            T-123076                28            EUREKA SPRINGS AR

KIA RENTZ BENNETT J (NT)                          S/SGT     4              37563573                14            MANKATO MN 

KIA BAKER LESLIE H (E/TT)                           T/SGT    4              34670946                14            RED SPRINGS NC

KIA PAYNE DAVID W (R)                                S/SGT     4              38158364                3              SAN ANTONIO TX

POW WALTERS EARL O (WG)                       S/SGT     4              33633012                12

KIA DOUGLAS HENRY L (TG)                         S/SGT     4              14092282                9              LA FOLLETTE TN