History of the
B-17 #42-3165 / Melancholy Baby

Delivered Cheyenne 6/3/43; Dow Fd 10/4/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-G/T] Alconbury 23/4/43; 325BS [NV-G]; 407BS [PY-T]; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Hugh Dougherty, Co-pilot: Vince Gordey, Navigator: Sam Korbelak, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Cox, Ball turret gunner: Henry Davis, Waist gunner: Dave Rood,Tail gunner: Bob Valdez (7KIA-all in wreckage), Bombardier: Paul Marshall, Radio Operator: Ray Barnes, Waist gunner: Ed Iantosca (3 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d #3, then ship exploded, on railweay track at Mahndoef, SE of Bremen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1385.

Details 42-3165 / Melancholy Baby

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  1. von Michael Leogrande am 21. August 2019 20:00 Uhr

    My friends dad Jack Russo was the ball turret gunner on the Melancholy baby. For some reason he missed the November 23 mission. What I looking for is information about his second crew. It consisted of Capt. KELLY
    SSGT BRAGDON, 2LT CARLSEN,2LT. JOSEPH LIEBMAN,SSGT CARLSON,SSGT WILLIAM QUINN AND SSGT CAMPBELL. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I also have family letters from Melancholy baby crew to Jack Russo after the loss.

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