SMGQ-0428 Movement Orders for B-17 Bomber Crew FV-900-CJ-27 July 31 1944 (Richard Fetter grouping)


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From what i can tell, this was a duplicate copy of movement orders to above mentioned crew from their training air base (Kearney Nebraska) to their next base which was Don Field Bangor Maine. It speaks to being relieved of the training base (271st) ad gives the crew direction for communication, travel and expenses.  From Maine the very next day they flew out to Britain. A digital copy of those orders is available upon request. The original copy of that remains in a private collection.

The Crew was assigned to plane 43-38202 which is Miss Slipstream and was shot down November 2nd 1944. This crew was not on that aircraft and Fetter’s award document states he was a member of the 92nd when the Miss Slipstream was shot down while in the 91st according to other sources. So Fetter’s crew either got switched to a new plane right away or Miss Slipstream was moved to the 91st at some point.

From the family of  2nd LT B-17 Bombardier Richard Fetter. Fetter was assigned to the 92nd Bombardment Group (H) Army Air Forces on August 25th 1944. He survived the war and completed 35 Bombing missions over Europe including Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Nurmburg, Cologne and many others. He was awarded the Air Medal with 5 Oakleaf Clusters.

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