B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids

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MACR: 11800


History of
B-17 44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids

Delivered Hunter 8/8/44; Grenier 2/9/44; Assigned 863BS/493BG Debach 4/9/44; battle damaged Derben, Ger 14/1/45 with Ralph Terry, Bob Preis, Russell Hoth, John Merrill, Paul Butler, Dan Love, Fernado Acosta, Dale Sheetz, Russ Cogan (9INT); mech fault, force landed Bulltofta, Sweden; Missing Air Crew Report 11800; repaired & returned to group 30/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/8/45; Independence 3/8/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 22/12/45. PAIR-A-DICE KIDS.

Last updated: 14. June 2021


B-17 44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids Details

Photo shows Lt. Lobb crew.

Statement to the loss of B-17 #44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids

As far as can be determined, A/C 314 was not damaged by flak or other enemy action, though the Group had just been fired on. Lt. Terry, the pilot, was heard over VHS to say that he had runaway propeller, which he could not feather, The Commend Pilot, Captain G. E. Patching, advised Lt. Terry to jettison the bomb load and keep up with the formation. The missing A/C was seen to turn to the left and drop to 15,000 feet from 20,000 feet. At the lower altitude he was seen to drop the bombs at 5358-0915 and take a heading of 360°, A/C 314 was last seen at 5358-0915 and was under control.

Source: MACR 11800


B-17 44-8314 / Pair-a-Dice Kids Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Ralph K. Terry INT
CP 2LT Robert L. Preis INT
BOMB F/O John B. Merill INT
ENG/TT S/SGT Paul E. Butler INT
RO T/SGT Dan K. Love INT
BT SGT Fernando Acosta, Jr. INT
WG SGT Dale W. Sheetz INT
TG SGT Russell H. Cogan INT

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