447th Bomb Group Association
No. 42-31191, a B-17G-5-BO, built by Boeing at the Seattle plant and delivered to the Army Air Force on September 29, 1943; assigned to the 710th Squadron of the 447th on or about November 25. This aircraft flew twenty combat missions until March 27, 1944, when it was lost over France.
Its crew on that day, led by Lt. Richard Gaskell, was on its first combat mission. Eight members of the crew were captured, while two managed to evade capture and return to England. The aircraft is reported to have crashed near Marignac, France, some distance southwest of the target area.
|26||03/03/44||BERLIN - RECALL||Leach|
|27||03/04/44||BERLIN - RECALL||Johnson, K.A.|
|Pilot||2Lt Richard Gaskell||POW|
|Copilot||2Lt Raymond C. Kooreney||POW|
|Navigator||2Lt Raymond L. Walsh||POW|
|Bombardier||2Lt Modesto A. Gonzales||POW|
|Top Turret||Sgt Glenn C. Underwood||POW|
|Radio Operator||S/Sgt Joseph H. Koenig||POW|
|Ball Turret||Sgt Wilbur E. Volz||EVD|
|Left Waist||S/Sgt Edwin S. Pankhurst||POW|
|Right Waist||Sgt Albert H. Ross||POW|
|Tail Gunner||Sgt Thomas A. Smith||EVD|