B-17G-20-BO 42-31477

709th SQ — D



Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; with Frank Umhoefer force landed base 16/12/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 3/3/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 27/4/44 with George Hofsess, n/b-Oscar Lezman, Radio Operator: Ray Kuusela, Waist gunner: Norman Kirby, Waist gunner: Harry McCaskill,Tail gunner: Jim Stamas (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Frank Chaimson[shot in his chute], Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dominic Lorusso[landed on power lines] (2 Killed in Action); ng-S/Sgt Jack Stead, Ball turret gunner: Ike Jackson (2 evaded capture); flak KOd some engines, some crew bailed, ship exploded crashed Nesle-Hodeng, four miles SE of Neufchatel-en-Bray, 37 miles SW of Amiens, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 4294.




709SQ; FTR Calais 4/27/44 w/Hofsess; flak, cr Heslee-Hodeng, Fr; 1EVD 2KIA 7POW

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