B-17 42-29792

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44 Loire-Atlantique

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Saint-Nazaire

Coordinates : 47.26756,-2.22054 .  47°16'3"N 2°13'14"W .  47°16.054 N 2°13.232 W

In memory of the victims of the B-17 N42-29792 crash on May 29th 1943.

Lt James C. Perry Pilot
Lt Robert S. Roddy Co-Pilot
Lt Herbert P. Korenko Navigator
Lt Russell B. Rose Bombardier
Sgt Charles L. Futch Mechanic
Sgt Harold R. Perry Jr. Radio
Sgt John R. Gemmel Gunner
Sgt Michael Macinsky Gunner
Sgt Ralph A. Vitello Gunner

Inaugurated by Raymond H. Allaby, gunner and sole survivor, on October 25th 1997.

B-17F (n°42-29792) shot down over St Nazaire on May 29th 1943.
The mission 42-29792 participated in was one of 61 that the USAAF did and the 9th US bombing of St Nazaire. The objective remained the submarine pens. According to data collected from M Lugez's interview of the sole survivor, Sgt Raymond H Allaby (tail gunner), the plane was hit by AA fire at 8400m while dropping its bombs on the submarine pens. The AA fire hit the wings and front of the plane.
Reference M Lugez's « Missions de bombardements Américains sur Saint-Nazaire » published in 1998 with Ouest France (ISBN 2-7373-2280-4).

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Notified by : Pierre Pécastaingts.   Record added 07/09/2020.
Photos : Pierre Pécastaingts (16/07/2020).
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Memorial B-17 42-29792 (ancien emplacement) Saint-Nazaire Loire-Atlantique (44)
Pierre Pécastaingts 16/07/2020

Memorial B-17 42-29792 (ancien emplacement) Saint-Nazaire Loire-Atlantique (44)
Pierre Pécastaingts 16/07/2020

Memorial B-17 42-29792 (ancien emplacement) Saint-Nazaire Loire-Atlantique (44)
Pierre Pécastaingts 16/07/2020

Memorial B-17 42-29792 (ancien emplacement) Saint-Nazaire Loire-Atlantique (44)
Pierre Pécastaingts 16/07/2020

Memorial B-17 42-29792 (ancien emplacement) Saint-Nazaire Loire-Atlantique (44)
Pierre Pécastaingts 16/07/2020