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B-17 #42-30416 / Lil‘ Joan

Delivered Cheyenne 25/5/43; Gore 12/6/43; Smoky Hill 14/6/43; Rapid City 20/6/43; Geiger 22/6/43; Smoky Hill 23/6/43; Dow Fd 5/7/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 30/7/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged Mestre 6/10/43 with Crooks, Raftery, Evans, Devine, Grant, Demott, Ledgerwood, Boswell, Berkey, Laverick; crash landed Foggia and WO; but repaired at depot and transferred 340BS/97BG Cerignola; Amendola 16/1/44; Missing in Action Padua 11/3/44 with Bob Taylor, Franko, Rosoff, Undercoffer, Romes (9th CCU), Hoff, Schumaker, Coggeswell, Beatty, Hardin, Kennedy; enemy aircraft, ditched Adriatic; Missing Air Crew Report 2835. LIL‘ JOAN.

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  1. von Steven Undercoffer am 07. Dezember 2018 15:44 Uhr

    While attending an airshow in Indianapolis, Indiana my Uncle Jim Undercoffer aw approached by a man who noticed Jim’s WW2 flight jacket and his name on it. He was asked about any relation with Bill Undercoffer. Responding yes and knowing he was killed but not knowing what happened. The man stated Bill and others bailed from the destroyed B17 and were strafed while parachuting down and shot to pieces. The man stated his survival and one other. Bill had originally started in the RCAF flying until the US entered the war. Both Bill and Jim learned how to fly on the family horse farm in Loveland, Ohio (ValleyView Farms)

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 08. Dezember 2018 13:18 Uhr

      Thank you for sharing this story!

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  2. von Matt Taylor am 03. März 2019 20:20 Uhr

    My Grandfather was Bob Taylor, Bill Undercoffer’s pilot. He, too, was killed that day on March 11, 1944. The plane was called „Li’l Joan.“ I have all of the information about your uncle, and what happened to him that day. Who was it you spoke to? Please reach out whenever you;d like. I have photos of your uncle, too — Matt Taylor. (508) 693 9283.

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 03. März 2019 20:26 Uhr

      Hello Matt,

      wow! greate information. That why I create the website. Bringing peoples together because of history.

      I sent email to Steven Undercoffer, to let him know about you comment.

      Kind regards
      Jing

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 03. März 2019 20:29 Uhr

      Matt, do you have the complete crew list with their status (POW(KIA)?

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