B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30197 / Mission Belle

B-17 #42-30197 / Mission Bellezoom_in



  • RCL: SG-M

MACR: 3822


History of
B-17 42-30197 / Mission Belle

Delivered Cheyenne 27/4/43; Gt Falls 6/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG-M] Gt Ashfield 14/6/43; Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Duane Pangle, Co-pilot: Onner Davis, Navigator: Sam Kaiser, Bombardier: Bob Brisebois, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Witherington, Radio Operator: Jim Gant, Ball turret gunner: Harry Jones, Waist gunner: Vince Corleto, Waist gunner: Arthur Brandt,Tail gunner: Tom Cavanagh (10INT); flak on bomb run, crash landed Kristianopel, Sweden. Missing Air Crew Report 3822. MISSION BELLE.

Last updated: 30. September 2023


B-17 42-30197 / Mission Belle Details

B-17 #42-30197 'Mission Belle'
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The Missing Air Crew Report number 3822 states the following, based on accounts of returned crews:

Aircraft No. 42-30197 received some damage from enemy anti-aircraft fire on bombing run. He called over VHF saying that he was unable to keep up with the formation. At this time his No. 3 engine was out and another engine was failing. They left the formation after declaring their intensions to head for Sweden. They were last seen at 1312 hours, heading north and with the aircraft under control. No chutes were seen to leave this aircraft.

Source: MACR 3822


B-17 42-30197 / Mission Belle Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Duane Pangle INT
CP 2LT Onner D. Davis, II INT
ENG/TT T/SGT Herbert L. Witherington INT
RO T/SGT James E. Gant INT
BT SGT Harold C. Jones INT
WG S/SGT Vincent L. Corleto INT
WG S/SGT Arthur V. Brandt INT
TG S/SGT Thomas W. Cavanagh INT
TOG T/SGT Robert C. Breasbois INT

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