B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30602 / Dry Run IV

B-17 #42-30602 / Dry Run IVzoom_in

Jordan Schreppel


  • RCL: BX-X

MACR: 1654


History of
B-17 42-30602 / Dry Run IV

Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Kearney 12/7/43; Dow Field 16/7/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-X] Snetterton 16/7/43; Missing in Action Hamburg 13/12/43 with Emery Chesmore, Co-pilot: John Chestnut, Navigator: Art Leedy, Bombardier: John Mathews, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vince Vicalli, Radio Operator: George Frosdick, Ball turret gunner: Jim Simpson, Waist gunner: Jim Collins, Waist gunner: Corney Lett, Tail gunner: Earl Fahl (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed on the Molenrij, near Kloosterburen, Groningen, Hol. Missing Air Crew Report 1654. DRY RUN IV.

Last updated: 3. January 2020


B-17 42-30602 / Dry Run IV Details

About the crew photo:
The photo were sent to me by Jordan Schreppel, his grandfather Robert Schreppel is the 3rd from the left standing.

Last mission:
B-17F #42-30602 / Dry Run IV was hit by Flak from the Frisians, and hit by two Ju 88 C-6 night fighters:

  • D5+FX, flown by Leutnant Hermann Stock of the 12./NJG 3
  • D5+EV, flown by Leutnant Walter Briegleb of the 10./NJG 3, respectively.

The victory was credited to Lt. Stock.


B-17 42-30602 / Dry Run IV Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Emery R. Chesmore POW
CP 2LT John J. Chesnut, Jr POW
BOMB 2LT John V. Mathews POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Vincenzo Vicalli POW
RO S/SGT George L. Frosdick POW
BT S/SGT James F. Simpson POW
WG SGT James E. F. Collins POW
WG S/SGT Corney Lett POW See comment by Erna Lett below
TG S/SGT Earl C. Fahl POW

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