42-107029 TAILWIND

B-17G-35-DL 42-107029

710th SQ — E



Lost over Merseburg on November 2, 1944.




Unidentified crew in front of Tail Wind. Note that the lettering looks to have been enhanced to make a 3-D look.





Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Kearney 7/2/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; 708BG; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Bob Johnson, Ken Nickerson, Rubin Poss, Cecil McGonigle, E. V. Lewelling, Tom Ashe, George Christoff, Bob Gilmore (8 Prisoner of War); Joe Esper (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Gross Himmlage, Ger; 1 KIA 8 POW; Missing Air Crew Report 10313. TAILWIND.


42-107029 Missing in Action Mission 169 (2 Nov 1944) Merseburg, Germany

Bob Johnson POW
Ken Nickerson POW
Rubin Poss POW
Cecil McGonigle POW
E. V. Lewelling POW
Tom Ashe POW
George Christoff POW
Bob Gilmore POW
Joe Esper KIA

Missing Air Crew Report 10313.

Enemy aircraft, crashed Gross Himmlage, Ger.



Thomas Ashe, Ball Turret Gunner for the Robert Johnson crew on 42-107029 Tail Wind when it was shot down near Merseburg Germany on November 2, 1944.

The note Ashe sent from the POW camp back to his sisters in the States.











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Tom Ashe items courtesy of the Ashe Family

Some information and/or images sourced from the American Air Museum database