B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38297

B-17 #43-38297zoom_in


MACR: 12887 / KSU/ME/KU: 3722


History of
B-17 43-38297

Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 27/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 860BS/493BG Debach 10/8/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 3/3/45 with Chas White, Walter Helm, Jim Gunderson, George Lemberling, Marvin Knight, Fred Graf, Loren Arment, Doyle Whitney, Bob Boatman (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Apelern, Ger?. Missing Air Crew Report 12887.

Last updated: 2. April 2022


B-17 43-38297 Details

#43-38297 “surrounded” by B-17s of the 390th Bomber Group. In the center of the picture, upper third, you can see a B-17 is going down.

Statement to the loss for B-17 #43-38297

Aircraft 297 was attacked by enemy aircraft at 1031 in the vicinity of 5225-1005. no. 4 engine was hit and immediately started blazing. Aircraft then went into a dive, under control, (White probably intent to put out the fire) and disappeared into the clouds still under control when last seen. One chute was seen before dispappearing.

Source: MACR 12887

Photo: Gerhard Roletscheck

B-17 43-38297 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Charles A. White POW
CP F/O Walter J. Helm POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Marvin F. Knight POW
RO S/SGT Frederick R. Graf POW
BT S/SGT Loren H. Arment POW
WG S/SGT Doyle C. Whitney POW
TG S/SGT Robert L. Boatman POW
TOG SGT George F. Kemberling POW

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