B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97278 / Umbriago

B-17 #42-97278 / Umbriagozoom_in


  • RCL: GY-K

MACR: 8833


History of
B-17 42-97278 / Umbriago

Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-K] Thurleigh 12/5/44; Missing in Action Ruhland 12/9/44 with Chas Wagener, Co-pilot: Bill Griffin, Navigator: Don Marsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Stroyoff(4 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Bill Sewart, Radio Operator: Jack Krahn, Ball turret gunner: John Eden, Waist gunner: Bill Gardiner,Tail gunner: Henry Rodgers (5 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Uedersee, near Eberswalde, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8833. UMBRIAGO.

Last updated: 13. June 2021


B-17 42-97278 / Umbriago Details

About 25 FW 190’s attacked Low Group (the group in which Lt Wegener was flying) from 11 o’clock high firing at Group to left with one pass, then turned and came at us from 6 o’clock low, in five waves of three to four aircraft each, half rolled beneath our formation and fell away steeply.

B-17G #42-97278 ‘Umbriago’s no 3 engine on fire. Tail shot away. Slid off to side of formation. Four parachutes seen.

Source: MACR 8833


B-17 42-97278 / Umbriago Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Charles C. Wegener POW
CP 2LT William F. Griffin POW
BOMB 2LT William C. Stewart, Jr. KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Joseph Stroyoff UNK
RO T/SGT Jack P. Krahn KIA
BT SGT John V. Eden KIA
WG SGT William V. Gardiner KIA
TG SGT Henry H. Rodgers KIA Last mission to complete Duty (?)

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