History of the
B-17 #42-102553 / Lil’ 8 Ball

Delivered Cheyenne 12/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-K] Nuthampstead 26/4/44; crashed on take off on non-operational flight 26/7/44 when it ran off runway, hit tractor and burnt out; with Claude Williams, p-Paul Deininger, Co-pilot: Herb Newman-Bill Frankhouser, Bombardier: Bill Whitaker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cornelius Harrington, Radio Operator: Norman Bergsman, Ball turret gunner: Arnold Money, Waist gunner: Leroy Kucharski, Waist gunner: Bernard Mackenzie(severe burns),Tail gunner: Steve Kernitz (11 Returned to Duty); transferred AFSC 29/7/44. LIL’ 8 BALL.

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