History of the
B-17 #42-102485 / Bare Essentials

Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Gr Island 2/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 12/5/44; Missing in Action Dessau 28/5/44; flak set off fire, crash landed Groenekaseweg, near Meertensdijk, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 5316. BARE ESSENTIAL.

Details 42-102485 / Bare Essentials

Nederland dokumentary about the B-17 #42-102485 Bare Essentials:

Crew 42-102485 / Bare Essentials

P1LTArthur M. CoddingPOW
CP2LTRoger B. WithersPOW
ROT/SGTClyde H. WaitePOW
BTS/SGTThomas L. RoskowickKIA
WGS/SGTLawrence G. BrownPOW
WGS/SGTKenneth M. JoyePOW
TGS/SGTJames W. MulderPOW

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  1. von ken berg am 09. October 2019 20:42 Uhr

    Son of (Bob) Robert C Berg, Bare Essentials B-17, 42-102485 crew that crash landed in Holland May of 1944. Would like pictures of crash site and plane and any other information you can provide. I saw information and pictures on 28 minute Vink Video. I don’t speak Dutch or German.Thank You for any and all information you can provide


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 10. October 2019 20:27 Uhr

      I asked the producer of the video. They will add english subtitle to the video, but no information when this new video is available.

      I also received two photos from the film makers. A crew photo with your father and a photo of the crashed B-17. Both a added and send to you.



    • von Ken Berg am 13. October 2019 4:09 Uhr

      Dear Jing, Thank you for responding to my request for additional info on my Dad Robert (Bob) c. Berg and the Bare Essentials B-17 42-102485 in Holland. My dad and several crew members were POWs In Stalag Luft IV near Gross Tychow, Pomerania. Clyde H. Waite wrote a book about their last flight on May 28,1944 called The Consummation of Little Chum, their former B-17 when he came back to the USA. Can’t wait to see the Vink video with English subtitles about the Bare Essentials. Ken Berg


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