B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3412

B-17 #42-3412zoom_in



  • RCL: XK-M

MACR: 1709


History of
B-17 42-3412

Delivered Dallas 15/6/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-M] Chelveston 20/8/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Bill Nordyke, Co-pilot: Ed Phillips, Navigator: Chas Maynardbody found in Frischenmoor swamp near Oldenburg, chute failed, Radio Operator: Jesse Moore, Waist gunner: Wayne Thulin, Waist gunner: Emmet Ludy (6 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Royce Hatchett, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bockus, Ball turret gunner: Ed Crouthamel,Tail gunner: Dick Heywood (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Bentstreek, 15 miles SE of Aurich, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 1709.

Last updated: 12. January 2018


B-17 42-3412 Details

Was also one of two from 305th BG to return from 14 October 1943 Second Schweinfurt Raid.

Additional information sent by Charlie Boruta:

The group sent 18 planes that day 3 aborted leaving 15 only 3 made it to target 1 blew up after drop. This was written about in the book Wrong Place Wrong Time. The crew that day was:

Pilot: Joseph W Kane
Co-Pilot and commander: G. Y. Normand
Navigator: Jack J. Edwards
Bombardier: Joseph Pellegrini
Radio Operator: Owen Hanson
Eng/TT: Leroy Pikelis
Ball Turret: B. B. T. Davis
Left Waist: Charles B. Lozenski
Right Waist: G. M. Roe
Tail Gunner: H. W. Luke


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