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B-17 #42-38202 / BTO in the ETO

Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Gr Island 21/1/44; Assigned 729BS/452BG Deopham Green 10/2/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 21/6/44 with Lou Hernandez, Co-pilot: Tom Madden, Navigator: Alf Lea, Bombardier: Joe Baker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tony Hutchinson, Waist gunner: Herschell Wise, Waist gunner: Bob Gilbert (7EVD- fought with Russian army until end of war, and joined US forces at Poltava base); Radio Operator: Jack White, Ball turret gunner: Bill Cabaniss,Tail gunner: Arnold Schumate (3POW-all wia); enemy aircraft KOd #2 and #3, crashed Swory, near Biala Podlaska, Pol. Missing Air Crew Report 10282. BTO IN THE ETO.

Crew 42-38202 / BTO in the ETO

P1LTLouis L. HernandezEVD
CP2LTThomas J. MaddenEVD
BOMB2LTJoseph BakerEVD
ENG/TTT/SGTAnthony HutchisonEVD
BTS/SGTWilliam CabanissPOWWIA
WGS/SGTHercshel WiseEVD
WGS/SGTRobert GilbertEVD

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  1. von Edward Cabaniss am 03. Mai 2019 6:16 Uhr

    Thank you so much for posting this information. My Dad, William (Bill) Cabaniss was the ball turret gunner for the BTO in the ETO. Seven of the crew were rescued by the Polish Underground. Jack White and Arnold Shumate were trying to get my Dad, who had broken his leg landing, over to where the Polish Underground hiding with the rest of the crew. White and Shumate were captured along with my Dad by the German Army Wehrmacht. The Polish Underground was able to smuggle the rest of the crew out to the Ukraine where they were reunited with American Army Air Forces in Poltava.


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