History of the
B-17 #42-29531

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/43; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 8/3/43; Assigned 422BS/305BG Chelveston 8/4/43; Lost St Nazaire 29/5/43. Pilot, Marshall Peterson, POW. Co-pilot, Harry E. Bentz. Navigator, Larry Mandleberg, POW. Bombardier, Frank R. Perrica, Evaded. Flight engineer/top turret gunner, Hilton Hilliard, POW. Radio Operator, Joseph James Freeborn, POW. Ball turret gunner, Pete Milasius, Evaded. Waist gunner, George P Smith, POW.Tail gunner, Sal Tafolya, Evaded. Waist gunner, Percy C Matthews, Missing in Action. Flak hit, aircraft broke in two, crashed Saint-Bihy, 12 miles SW of St Brieuc, Fr. No MACR.

Crew 42-29531

PositionRang/RankNameStatusBemerkung/Note
P1LTMarshall R. PetersonPOW
CP2LTHarold Edward BentzEVD
BOMB2LTFrank R. PerricaEVD
ENG/TTS/SGTHilton G. HilliardPOW
ROT/SGTJoseph James FreebornPOW
BTS/SGTPeter P. MilasiusEVD
WGS/SGTPercy Clayton MathewsMIA
WGT/SGTGeorge P. SmithPOW
TGS/SGTSalvadore S. TafoyaEVD

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  1. von Joseph Freeborn am 23. October 2018 14:07 Uhr

    Just stumbled across this information I am the son of T/Sgt. Joseph James Freeborn (his name is wrong here) and was delighted to obtain this information. He was taken POW after the B-17 crashed and was imprisoned for almost 2 years. He died October 1985 and lived a good life. He married his wartime sweetheart who he met in St. Louis while he was in Tech School at Scott Airfield, IL. He raised 4 children and left a great legacy to his family. He was a member of the greatest generation.

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 23. October 2018 14:29 Uhr

      Thank you! I have corrected the name.

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