Re:Crew Info for B-17 42-30198
Freeman/Osborne have 42-30198, with Bobbitt, shot down by enemy aircraft and crashing near Holtland, Germany with 5KIA and 5POW and reference MACR 3142.
They also have 42-30208, with unknown pilot MIA at Hannover, crashing into the North Sea with 10KIA and they reference MACR 3142 AGAIN.
What I have found is that MACR 3142 DOES have the Bobbitt crew listed BUT the aircraft is listed as 42-30208, with 5KIA 5POW. This I believe is correct, and it was 42-30208 that crashed near Holtland, Germany.
In another quirk - 42-30208 actually has TWO MACRS e.g. 3142 (ref: Fold3 image #37110733) and 5386 (ref: Fold3 image #28659389). Both have Bobbitt and crew.
Freeman's "Mighty Eight War Diary" HAS 5 MIA aircraft for 388BG on the Hannover raid. In the notes for that mission it says that 1 388BG B-17 ditched upon return off Overstrand and that the crew was rescued. With a note like that, it leads you to think that there were 6 aircraft lost but 1 NOT MIA because the crew was rescued.
However, after tossing this around, I think that the one that ditched off of Overstrand was one of the 5 MIA, and that it was in fact 42-30209 "Wee Bonnie", with pilot 1LT Adalburt D. Porter and crew. There were actually 11 men aboard this aircraft, one was a Photographer. What is interesting is that the SAME crew in a different aircraft, 42-30362 "Wee Bonnie II", with a different photographer was lost on 9-SEP-43 on a mission to Beaumont-Suroise, France with 6POW and 5EVD.
So unless someone can show some positive evidence that 42-30198 was EVER lost, I am going to remove it as a loss on the 26-Jul-43 raid to Hannover. This will leave me with the 5 MIA aircraft as:
42-30189 "La Chiquita" w/2LT Jim B. Gunn & crew 1KIA, 9POW with one of this DIC. MACR 3067;
42-30208 w/2LT Aubry M. Bobbitt & crew, 5KIA 5POW MACRS 3142 & 5386;
42-30209 "Wee Bonnie" w/1LT Adalburt D. Porter & crew, 11RTD;
42-30224 w/2LT Earl B. Horn & crew 3KIA 7POW MACR 3130;
42-30225 "Mr Yank" w/1LT John R. Denton, Jr. & crew 6KIA 4POW MACR 3131