B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97234 / Bomber Dear

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  • RCL: LG-M

MACR: 10360


History of
B-17 42-97234 / Bomber Dear

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Gr Island 27/2/44; Grenier 20/3/44; Assigned 322nd Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [LG-M] at Bassingbourn 7/4/44; BOMBER DEAR. Missing in Action 30+m Merseburg 2/11/44 with John Liekhus, Navigator: Allen Young, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Brady, Radio Operator: Allen Chandler, Ball turret gunner: Bobby Younger, Waist gunner: Bob Shoemaker (6 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Wisor, Bombardier: Bob Sambo,Tail gunner: Bruno Lombardi (3 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set aircraft on fire, crashed Barby, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 10360.

Last updated: 12. September 2020


B-17 42-97234 / Bomber Dear Details

Statement of Eyewitness from MACR 10360

We were flying a approximately 23000 feet altitude, just after bombs away. We were trying to catch the formation when I noticed aircraft B-17-G 42-97234, falling back. We maintaned our air speed to catch the group formation and he was unable to stay in favorable position due to the increase in air speed. At this time we had several enemy fighter attacks and subject aircraft fell further behind. At about the third or fourth pass by enemy fighters he burst into flame, peeled off to the left, and started downwards in about a 45 degree dive. The aircraft was completely in flames. I then lost sight of the ship immediately afterward. I saw no parachutes leave this aircraft.

1Lt. Hubert F. Donohue
323rd Bombardment Squadron


B-17 42-97234 / Bomber Dear Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT John H. Liekhus KIA
CP 2LT Robert C. Wisor POW
BOMB 2LT Robert H. Sambo POW
ENG/TT T/SGT John F. Brady KIA
RO T/SGT Allen A. Chandler, Jr. KIA
BT S/SGT Bobby J. Younger KIA
WG S/SGT Robert O. Shoemaker KIA
TG S/SGT Bruno D. Lombardi POW

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