History of the
B-17 #41-9018

Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook Mar-42; transferred 327BS/92BG Bovingdon Aug-42; Attacked by Lt. Walter Meyer 7./JG26. Lost tail and three engines. Desintegrated over Lannay near the Belgian border. Monument near Mouchin on D955 direction Planard. MACR 15218. 6KIA 2POW 1EVD

Details 41-9018

B-17 41-9018, took off from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, UK at 0900 on a bombing mission over Hellemmes’ railroad installations. They were hit by German AA fire, causing them to drop out of formation and be hounded by nine German Fw-190s. The latter shot off the tail section, sending the plane down. The pilot held on as long as he could to avoid hitting the residential areas, but finally had to bail out. His parachute malfunctioned and he plummeted to his death.

 

Crew 41-9018

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTFrancis H. ChorakKIA
CP2LTJoseph J. FracchiaPOW
BOMB2LTCharles G. KolodzinskiPOW
ENG/TTS/SGTPaul R. GordonKIA
ROS/SGTJohn J. DolanKIA
BTM/SGTJames E. LaneKIA
WGS/SGTDonald E. BucklandKIA
WGS/SGTMalcolm CulpepperKIA

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