B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3031 / Nitemare

B-17 #42-3031 / Nitemarezoom_in


  • RCL: DF-F

MACR: 201


History of
B-17 42-3031 / Nitemare

Delivered Cheyenne 20/1/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-F] Bassingbourn 19/4/43; Missing in Action Hamburg 26/7/43 with Jim Randall, Co-pilot: Vernon Brack, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Johnson, Waist gunner: Dave Ramsey, Waist gunner: Byron Brunty,Tail gunner: Chas Murray (6 Prisoner of War); Navigator: George Guy, Bombardier: Bob Cadilek, Radio Operator: John Monahan, Ball turret gunner: Bob Oyler (4 Killed in Action); sustained flak damage, dropped back crashed Nindorf, 10 miles SE of Rotenburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 201. NITEMARE.

Last updated: 18. May 2021


B-17 42-3031 / Nitemare Details

Our A/C 031 was hit by flak at the target (Hamburg) and at first started down from 27,000 ft. out of control. The pilot evidently gained control of the A/c as it subsequently lost altitude in a low gradual glide following approximately the course taken by the formation but of necessity always falling behind.

The A/C was last definitely identified by crew seabers of A/C 679, which was the last A/C of the entire formation, a few miles Southwest of Bremen on a course that would have allowed it to cross enemy coast just Southwest of Bultrum Island. It was at 3,000 feet and alonly losing altitude with three enemy aircraft attacking it. Only three parachutes were seen to come from this aircraft by the two officers who last sighted it, 2nd Lt. James P. Motivoy and 2nd Lt. Chauncey He Hicke.

Source: MACR 201


B-17 42-3031 / Nitemare Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT James W. Randall POW
CP 2LT Vernon O. Brack POW
BOMB 2LT Robert C. Cadilek KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT George A. Johnson POW
RO T/SGT John E. Monahan KIA
BT S/SGT Robert L. Oyler KIA
WG S/SGT Byron L. Brunty POW
WG S/SGT David V. Ramsey POW
TG S/SGT Charles F. Murray POW

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