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B-17 #42-97228 / GI Jive

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 988BG Nuthampstead 16/3/44; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-G] Grafton Underwood 31/3/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with George Poole, Co-pilot: Bob Butler, Bombardier: Des Dillingham, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gus Mazzaccaro, Radio Operator: Bill Marshall, Ball turret gunner: Herman Hoskins, Waist gunner: Cleo Martino, Waist gunner: Bill Brennan,Tail gunner: Ed Holland (9 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Morris Kantor (KIA- killed during fighter attack); enemy aircraft, crashed Messbach, near Billings, 11 miles SE of Darmstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3871. G.I. JIVE.

Crew 42-97228 / GI Jive

P1LTGeorge L. Poole Jr.POW
CP2LTRobert A. ButtlerPOW
ENG/TTT/SGTAugustine F. MazzaccaroPOW
ROT/SGTWilliam MarshallPOW
BTS/SGTHerman Hoskins Jr.POW
WGS/SGTCleo J. HartlinoPOW
WGS/SGTWilliam M. BrennanPOW
TGS/SGTEdward J. HollandPOW
TOGT/SGTDesmond Q. DillinghamPOW

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  1. von Stephen Brennan am 08. April 2018 23:24 Uhr

    I am so glad I found this web page! William M. Brennan was my father. This is the first published account that verifies to me the name of the air crews plane, GI JIVE.
    My dad told me so much over the years about his service and subsequent time as a POW in Stalag 17 b near Krems,Austria.
    Thank you to whoever is responsible for this page because you cannot believe how happy you have made me.
    I am one of 12 siblings and I can’t wait to share this information.
    Thank you so much.
    Stephen Brennan


    • von am 09. April 2018 4:51 Uhr

      I am glad that this webpage could help you 🙂



  2. von Robert Olmsted am 04. November 2019 5:21 Uhr

    2Lt Robert Butler is my great Uncle. He survived being a POW but tragically was killed on a radar mission in Alaska while piloting a B29. His plane is still visible on a glacier that is now unofficially called Bomber Glacier. He comes from a long line of military veterans, my father is a Vietnam Vet, all 4 of his boys are Army vets and we have have one nephew currently at Ft Rucker training to be a Helicopter Pilot. Uncle Bob will be keeping him safe in the sky. RIP Uncle Bob, wished I could have met you


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