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B-17 Flying Fortress, “Lili Marlene”

 

43-38353 MIA 10-17-44

 

Assigned to 7th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

 

October 17, 1944 B-17G 43-38353 “Lili Marlene” With 7BS Missing in Action Cologne flak.

 

At 0915 hours there was a small fire in #1 engine. Some crews reported seeing trailing vapor which would indicate the wing tanks were on fire. After 3-5 minutes the plane peeled out of formation and into a shallow dive in an apparent attempt to put out the fire. Following this maneuver black smoke issued from the engine (#1). When last seen, it was trailing smoke, but seemed under control and holding altitude at 17,000 feet. At 1012 hours, near Liege, a B-17 was observed flying at 12,000 feet with #1 engine on fire and escorted by 5 P-51 fighters. This could possibly be the same aircraft. Crashed Ahrweiler, Germany. Pilot: Capt. McAllister. Missing Air Crew Report # 9468. 1 Killed in Action, 9 Prisoner of War including George H. Carroll, wounded in parachute. George Ritchie tells in a story titled “The Not So Great Escape” about his experience as a Prisoner of War following this mission and his eventual escape.

 

POW McALLISTER WALTER L (P) CAPT BALTIMORE MD

 

POW CHAMPION ANDREW S (CP) 1 LT MAYWOOD NJ

 

POW BALDEA ELI JR (N) 1 LT EAST CHICAGO IL

 

POW RITCHIE GEORGE J (B) 1 LT FLUSHING NY

 

POW SMITH ROBERT C (E/TT) T/SGT WELLINGTON OH

 

KIA SEARS REEDY A (R) T/SGT FRANKLIN TN

 

POW CARROLL GEORGE H (BT) S/SGT GILBERT LA

 

POW COON WILLIAM C JR (WG) SGT ANN ARBOR MI

 

POW GRAFF OTTO R (TG) S/SGT KEANSBURG NJ

 

POW DOMINO JOSEPH F JR (NG) S/SGT PERKASIC PA

43-38353 Lili Marlene MIA 10-17-44

B-17G-85-BO

July 24, 1944 delivered to Cheyenne

August 4, 1944 to Hunter

August 14, 1944 to Grenier

August 19, 1944 Assigned to 7th Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, Mendlesham

Mission #64 September 17, 1944 43-38353 E/A 7BS McAllister (lead)

Mission #65 September 19, 1944 43-38353 E/A 18BS Gipson

Mission #71 October 2, 1944 43-38353 E/A (unused ground spare – lead)

October 2, 1944 43-38353 E/A

On Marshalling Chart on Hardstand #1 at 2100-2200 hours.

Mission #72 October 3, 1944 43-38353 E/A 4BS Runyan

Mission #73 October 5, 1944 43-38353 E/A (scheduled for McAllister but replaced.)

Mission #74 October 6, 1944 43-38353 E/A (unused ground spare – lead)

Mission #75 October 7, 1944 43-38353 E/A (unused ground spare)

Mission #76 October 9, 1944 43-38353 E/A Notman Slight damage. S/Sgt William J. Escherich (TG) Severely WIA. Admitted to 65th General Hospital.

Mission #77 October 14, 1944 43-38353 E/A 7BS McAllister

Mission #79 October 17, 1944 43-38353 E/A 7BS McAllister MIA. 

MISSION DETAILS

Mission 681: 1,338 bombers and 811 fighters are dispatched on PFF attacks in the Cologne, Germany area; 4 bombers and 1 fighter are lost:

1. 465 B-17s are dispatched to hit marshaling yards at Cologne/Eifeltor (216) and Cologne/Gremberg (34); targets of opportunity are Cologne/Kalk marshaling yard (151) and other (2); 1 B-17 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 263 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 6 WIA and 9 MIA. Escort is provided by 274 P-47s and P-51s without loss.

2. 453 B-17s are dispatched to hit marshaling yards at Cologne/Gereon (295) and Cologne/Kalk (142); 3 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 150 damaged; 2 airmen are KIA, 10 WIA and 37 MIA. Escort is provided by 271 P-47s and P-51s; 1 P-51 is lost (pilot MIA).

3. 430 B-24s are dispatched to hit a chemical plant at Leverkusen but weather prevents the attack; targets of opportunity hit are the Cologne/Gereon (231) and Cologne/Kalk (179) marshaling yards; 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair and 73 damaged. Escort is provided by 229 P-47s and P-51s.


Source: THE ARMY AIR FORCES IN WORLD WAR II: COMBAT CHRONOLOGY, 1941-1945 by Carter / Mueller, the Office of Air Force History,

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