B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102905

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MACR: 9774


History of
B-17 42-102905

Delivered Cheyenne 16/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 16/5/44; Missing in Action Politz 7/10/44 with Clarence Jennings, Co-pilot: Dick Garland, Navigator: Martin Schwartz, Bombardier: Hardy Bell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walter Marr, Radio Operator: Chas Spornik, Ball turret gunner: Bill Barth, Waist gunner: John Wood,Tail gunner: Stewart Jakku (9INT); obs-Capt Floyd Cox Int off (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Jonkopping, Swed; Missing Air Crew Report 9774.

Last updated: 3. November 2017


B-17 42-102905 Details

B-17 42-102905, piloted by Lt Clarance R. Jennings, was hit by flak just seconds before bomb release. #3 and #4 engines were knocked out and the oxygen supply had also suffered a hit. Lt Jennings dove the plane down to about 10,000 feet where they would not need oxygen. He then found that Lt Jakku, the bombardier had been injured by the flak burst as had the Navigator, Lt Schwartz. Flak had also killed Capt Floyd A. Cox, who had been flying as an observer. In view of the injuries and the condition of the plane a decision was made to fly to Sweden. There they landed at Jonkoping, Sweden without brakes. The crew was treated for their wounds and then interned. Lt. Jakku died of his wounds in a Swedish hospital. After two months they were transported back to England and then returned to the USA.

WWII Pilot Dick Garland’s heroic crash landing in Sweden



B-17 42-102905 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Clarance R. Jennings INT
CP 2LT Richard R Garland INT
BOMB 2LT Stewart W. Jakku INT WIA, later died
ENG/TT T/SGT Hardy L. Bell INT
RO T/SGT Walter W. Marr INT
BT S/SGT Charles Spornick INT
WG S/SGT William H. Barth, Jr. INT
TG S/SGT John D. Wood INT
OBS CPT Floyd A. Cox KIA

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