B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97176

B-17 #42-97176zoom_in



MACR: 4939


History of
B-17 42-97176

Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Presque Is 4/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 4/3/44; Missing in Action Brussels 20/5/44 with Archibald E. Town, Co-pilot: Bob Lewis (2 Returned to Duty); Navigator: Duane Kesterke, Bombardier: Chas Oulehla, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Harwell, Radio Operator: Gustave Secunda, Ball turret gunner: Simpson Gray, Waist gunner: John Schomburger, Waist gunner: Everett White,Tail gunner: Art Baker (8KIA- actually drowned); en route to target was shot down accidentally by a B-17 of another group testing its guns, crashed Channel. Missing Air Crew Report 4939.

Last updated: 30. December 2019


B-17 42-97176 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P --- Archibald E. Town RTD
CP 2LT Robert C. Lewis RTD
BOMB 2LT Charles H. Oulehla KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT John Thomas Harwell KIA
RO S/SGT Gustave Secunda KIA
BT SGT Simpson Bogard Gray KIA
WG S/SGT John T. Schomburger KIA
WG S/SGT Everett W. White KIA
TG SGT Arthur R. Baker KIA

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