Geschichte der B-17 #42-5860 / Poontang aka Escape Kit

Delivered Long Beach 30/3/43; Denver 2/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill Fd 17/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 418BS/100BG [LD-P] Thorpe Abbotts 2/6/43 as POONTANG (never painted on); Missing in Action Schweinfurt (Regensburg) 17/8/43 with Curtis Biddick, Co-pilot: Dick Snyder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Larry Godbey, Radio Operator: Bob DeKay (4 Killed in Action); Navigator: John Dennis, Bombardier: Dan McKay, Ball turret gunner: Walt Halunka, Waist gunner: Howard Brock, Waist gunner: Bill Blank,Tail gunner: Clarence Bowlin (6 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft hit nose which caught fire, crashed Schweinberg, 18 miles SW of Wurtzburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 675. ESCAPE KIT.

Crew 42-5860 / Poontang aka Escape Kit

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTCurtis R. BiddickKIAnever found
CPF/ORichard L. SnyderKIAfound months later, still hanging in tree
BOMB1LTDan B. McKayPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTLawrence E. GodbeyKIA
ROT/SGTRobert R. DeKayKIA
BTS/SGTWalter HalunkaPOW
WGS/SGTClarence R. BowlinPOW
WGT/SGTHoward J. BrockPOW
TGS/SGTWilliam M. BlankPOW

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