Geschichte der
B-17 #42-98004

Delivered Dallas 28/4/44; Hunter 9/6/44; Dow Fd 24/6/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-H] Polebrook 17/4/44; {25m} sustained battle damaged Cologne 27/9/44 with Capt Jerome Geiger, Co-pilot: Winfield Muffett, Navigator: Chas Hubbell, Bombardier: Frank Reising, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leroy Chaplow{Wounded in Action}, Radio Operator: Walt Goodman{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Jim Pierce,Tail gunner: Walt Ignison (8 Returned to Duty); Ball turret gunner: Ken Divil (Killed in Action); John Kurtz[511BS, a voice interceptor both blown out of ship (Prisoner of War). An 88m shell hit fuselage near radio room, blasting the ball turret and killing Sgt Divil; a German speaking radio operator Sgt Hurtz fell from aircraft and taken POW; Salvaged 2 SAD 27/9/44.

Details 42-98004

Eyewitness account from Jerome H. Geiger: „I, Jerome H. Geiger, O-731854, was flying as pilot of Aircraft No. 42-98004 which was flying in Lead Position of the Low Squadron on a mission to Cologne, Germany on 27 September 1944. About a second after bombs away 150 mm. Flak hit my plane, knocking out the Ball Turret, denting the tail and destroying the superchargers and radios. The Ball Turret gunner was killed instantly, his body literally „blown to bits“, and the Y-Operator fell out without his parachute. The rest of the crew and the plane returned to England without further incident.“

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