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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-9084  
USAAF
11th AF
28th BG
36th BS

Pilot  Captain Thomas F. Mansfield, O-023165 (MIA / KIA) MS
Crew  2nd Lt. Irving Berman, O-724007 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Crew  2nd Lt. John J. Cape, Jr., O-426363 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  1st Lt. Lyle A. Slocum, O-432103 (MIA / KIA) ND
Crew  Sgt Oral V. Paul, 6937817 (MIA / KIA) SD
Crew  Pvt Edwin T. Bottelson, 36314082 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew  Pvt Wilfred M. Hellenbrand, 36234999 (MIA / KIA) WI
Crew  Cpl Edgar L. Rogers, Jr., 14061909 (MIA / KIA) TN
Crew  Pvt John W. La Bar, Jr., 15099278 (MIA / KIA) IN

MIA  June 4, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force as B-17E Flying Fortress 41-9084.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 36th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On June 4, 1942 took off on a bombing mission against Japanese warships roughly 200 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor. This B-17 made a bombing attack from 800' against the warships but was shot down by Takao before getting into range. When this B-17 failed to return from the mission it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 12, 1946. All are memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on court 7. The entire crew is also has a memorialized at the Memorial To The Missing in Anchorage, AK.

Berman also has a memorial marker at Silk City Benevolent Association Cemetery, Woodland Park, NJ.
Slocum also has a memorial marker at Ellendale City Cemetery in Ellendale, ND.
Paul also has a memorial marker at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD at MA site 2.
Bottelson also has a memorial marker at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth, MN.
Hellenbrand also has a memorial marker at Saint Peters Cemetery in Ashton, WI.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Thomas F. Mansfield
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Irving S. Berman

American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - John J. Cape Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Lyle A. Slocum

American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Oral V. Paul
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Edwin T. Bottelson
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Wilfred M. Hellenbrand
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Edgar L. Rogers, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - John W. La Bar, Jr.
FindAGrave - Capt Thomas Franklin Mansfield (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - CPT Thomas Franklin Mansfield (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Irving Berman (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2LT Irving Berman (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2LT Irving Berman (memorial to the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut John J Cape, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Lyle Asa Slocum (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Lyle Asa Slocum (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Lyle Asa Slocum (memorial to the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Oral Verne Paul (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SGT Oral Verne Paul (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt Edwin T Bottelson (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PVT Edwin T. Bottelson (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - PVT Edwin T Bottelson (memorial to the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PVT Wilfred M. Hellenbrand (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt Wilfred M Hellenbrand (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - PVT Wilfred M. Hellenbrand (memorial to the missing anchorage photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Edgar Leland Rogers, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SGT Edgar Leland Rogers, Jr (memorial to the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt John W LaBar, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PVT John W Labar, Jr (memorial to the missing photo)
The Thousand-Mile War page 144-145, footnote referencing Steve Birdsall research
The Last Flight of Bomber 31 page 287
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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