History of the
B-17 #42-39910

Delivered Long Beach 6/10/43; Gr Island 2/11/43; slated 384BG Grafton Underwood, but transferred 535BS/381BG [MS- ] Ridgewell 20/12/43; {1m} Missing in Action Bordeaux 31/12/43 with Earl Duarte, Co-pilot: Glen McCabe, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Russ Jevons (3 evaded capture), Navigator: Cornelius Heintz, Bombardier: Harry Grimball, Radio Operator: Joseph Balesh, Ball turret gunner: Howard Norris, Waist gunner: Jim Martin, Waist gunner: Albt Smith,Tail gunner: Powell McDaniel (7 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crash landed Launaguet, near Chemin Boudou, N of Toulouse, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1978.

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  1. von Andrew Besheer am 08. January 2019 1:59 Uhr

    Mis-spelling of Joseph Balesh’s name in the notes above.

    Cross reference to service number: 12191064

    TSgt. Balesh recently celebrated his 95th Birthday.

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    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 08. January 2019 9:11 Uhr

      Thank you. I have updated the name.

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