Crew of the B-17 “I’ll Get By” was assigned to the 412th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group at Horham, England. On a mission to Paris on February 8, 1944, flak set the left wing on fire and the aircraft crashed at Cesny-aux-Vignes, southeast of Caen, France. Seven of the crew were killed: Elmer Bockman, mission lead/pilot; Bob Baber, pilot; Jasper Kaylor, co-pilot; Ray Dallas, navigator; Frank Sohm, bombardier; Oscar Walrod, Flight engineer/top turret gunner; Bill Hill, Radio Operator. Three crew bailed out and were captured on the ground: Don Phillips, ball turret gunner; Barney Lipkin, waist gunner: Walt Collyer, tail gunner. All three survivors became prisoners of war.
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