B-17G-70-BO 43-37788

709th SQ


Delivered Cheyenne 21 May 1944; Hunter 3 June 1944; Grenier 15 June 1944. Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 17 June 1944.


43-37788 Missing in Action Munich 13 July 1944. Hit by Flak over the target, 3 engines out, #4 feathered, later out of gas. Last seen straggling behind the formation and under control. The crew bailed out over Northern France and the plane crashed near Vendrest, north-east of Meaux, France. Missing Air Crew Report MACR 6938. Salvaged 13 October 1944.

The Hilding crew aboard 43-37788 on 13 July 1944

Russell D. Hilding Pilot POW
Raymond E. Wojnicz Bombardier POW
George C. Mong Co-Pilot EVD
Claude A. Kelly Navigator EVD
Fred D. Gleason Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner EVD
Horace R. Dimartino Radio Operator EVD
Harry E. White Ball Turret Gunner EVD
Emory J. Markham Waist Gunner EVD
Erwin R. Williams Waist Gunner EVD
Joe W. Stewart Tail Gunner EVD


Russell D. Hilding; Pilot





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