B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-97308 / Hairless Joe

B-17 #42-97308 / Hairless Joezoom_in



MACR: 13733


History of
B-17 42-97308 / Hairless Joe

Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 26/4/44; 730BS; Missing in Action Bremen 31/3/45 with Francis Moore, Co-pilot: Alvin Levine, Radio Operator: Oliver Sheets, Ball turret gunner: Chester Reeves,Tail gunner: Franklin Kincaid (5 Killed in Action); Navigator: Bill Schumm, Bombardier: Sgt John O’Brien, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Rhodes, Waist gunner: Fred Jordan (4 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Biberach, near Ochsenhausen, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13733. HAIRLESS JOE.

Last updated: 25. September 2020


B-17 42-97308 / Hairless Joe Details

Following statement obtained by S-2 Section, 452nd Bomb Group (H), at interrogation after return of mission:

A/C No. 308 from 452nd “C” Squadron hit by flak over Zeitz – one engine out. Called for fighter support and said was taking a heading of 220 degrees and asked for fixes. Said over VHF was being attacked by fighters. Last heard at 1058 hours on way back in area of bomb line – still being hit by fighters.

Source: MACR 13733


B-17 42-97308 / Hairless Joe Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Francis O. Moore KIA
CP 2LT Alvin Levine KIA
ENG/TT S/SGT William N. Rhodes POW
RO SGT Oliver D. Sheets, Jr. KIA
BT SGT Chester M. Reeves KIA
WG SGT Fred Jordan, Jr. POW
TG SGT Franklin D. Kincade KIA
TOG SGT John F. O'Brien POW

josef david robert Brown
09. January 2022 access_time 19:26

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