B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltd

B-17 #42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltdzoom_in

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Manufacturer:
Douglas

  • RCL: LG-V

MACR: 10144 / KSU/ME/KU: 3246

Missions: 77

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History of
B-17 42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltd

Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N.I. 14/1/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-V] Bassingbourn 1/2/44; 77m Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Leroy Hare, Co-pilot: Bob Casey, Navigator: Theo Herrick, Bombardier: Roy Cook (4 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tom Harris, Radio Operator: Frank Holman, Ball turret gunner: Bill Oxby, Waist gunner: Floyd Callen,Tail gunner: George Hanson (5 Killed in Action); riddled by formation of enemy aircraft, tailplane broke away and ship crashed Gnotsch, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 10144. MAN ‘O WAR II – HORSEPOWER LTD.

Last updated: 1. November 2020

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B-17 42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltd Details

Lt. William Burtt crew, 10. February 1944
42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltd on 28 January 1944

Eyewitness Statements to the loss of B-17G 42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltd

We were flying at approximately 27500 feet altitude, about five (5) minutes after bombs away when we were attacked by about 40 to 50 enemy fighters. Aircraft 42-38083 was hit in the trailing edge of the right wing and the eppenage. Fragments came off of the wing and the tail and as they came off the aircraft turned over on its side. There was fire in the right wing. At this point I lost sight of subject aircraft. No parachutes were seen to come from this ship.

T/Sgt. Maurice D. Sherk
322nd Bomb Squadron (H)


We were flying at approximately 27500 feet altitude, about five (5) minutes after bombs away when we were attacked by about 40 to 50 enemy fighters, Aircraft 42-38083 was hit in the trailing edge of the right wing and the eppenage. Fragments came off of the wing and the tail and as they came off the aircraft turned over on its side. It then fell back behind the formation. About then enemy fighters kept making attacks on subject aircraft. The ship then peeled off to the left, and remained behind the formation for approximately 5 minutes during which time some of the crew could have bailed out, however, I saw no one bail out or parachutes open.

S/Sgt. Russel L. Waggoner
322nd Bomb Squadron (H)

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B-17 42-38083 / Man ‘O War II – Horsepower Ltd Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Leroy B. Hare POW
CP 2LT Robert P. Casey POW
BOMB 2LT Roy R. Cook POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Thomas F. Harris KIA
RO T/SGT Frank W. Holman KIA
BT S/SGT William K. Oxby KIA
WG S/SGT Floyd E. Callen KIA
TG S/SGT George F. Hanson KIA

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