B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-38963

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  • RCL: EP-F

MACR: 14170


History of
B-17 43-38963

Delivered Hunter 21/10/44; Grenier 1/11/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-F] Thorpe Abbotts 3/11/44; battle damaged Brandenburg 10/4/45 with Larry Bazin, Jim Dotson, Art Flowers, Dick Smith, Paul Decker (5 Killed in Action); John Gross, Glenn Abraham, Dick Long, Bob Patterson {rcm} (4 Prisoner of War); Roens Sherwood (evaded capture); jet enemy aircraft caused #2 to be feathered, another attack KO’d #3 & #4, crashed Jemmeritz, Ger?. Salvaged 20/4/45; Missing Air Crew Report 14170.

Last updated: 18. September 2020


B-17 43-38963 Details

Eyewitness reports from MACR 14170

A/C 963 was forced to peel out of the formation with #2 engine feathered. Then it tried to climb back when ME-262’s began pressing attack. The aircraft was hit in the right wing and a large piece flew off. Then #3 & #4 engines burst into flames and it peeled off low to the right. As it went down flames were larger and it was believed to hit the ground with a terrific explosion. No chutes were seen.

Lt. Lawrence J. Lazzari

The plane was breaking up when I got out and I am of the opinion that no other members of the crew parachuted. I bailed out at around 10,000 feet and saw no other chutes. On the ground I did not see any of the crew.

S/Sgt. Roens W. Sherwood


B-17 43-38963 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Lawrence L. Bazin KIA
CP 2LT James R Dotson KIA
BOMB T/SGT Arthur W. Flowers KIA
ENG/TT T/SGT Roens W. Sherwood EVD
BT T/SGT Richard E. Smith KIA
WG S/SGT Richard D. Long POW
TG S/SGT Paul H. Decker KIA
RCM T/SGT Glenn D. Abraham POW
NAV2 S/SGT Robert B. Patterson POW

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