• FETTING, Edward A., Pilot – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • I P (Albert Geminder flying CO-Pilot, KIA)
  • CLEARY, JR, James J., Navigator – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • VOSE, JR, Ralph I., Bombardier – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • HOLLEDERER, George E, Nose turret/RO – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • WILLIAMS, Walter D, F/E – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • FLORY, William R, Gunner – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • DONOVON, Gerald T, Rt Waist – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • McCASLIN, Ralph J., Tail Gunner – KIA 2 April 44 Fetting
  • SCHNEIDER, Mark J, Ball turret /AE – POW 2 April 44 Fetting

Edward A. Fetting

Edward A. Fetting

Thank you to the 449th Bomb Group for the information I found on my uncle Edward A. Fetting. I found photos of his plane “Miss Behavin” that was involved in a mid-air collision over Steyr, Austria. I now have a full account of what happened and can pass this information on to my grandsons.

Lori Drury
Statesville, NC

717th Squadron

717logoEdward J. Sass, Jr. was the origi­nal C.O. from June ‘43 to December ’44. Shelby McArthur became C.O. in December ‘44 and remained so until February ‘45. From February ‘45 to May ’45, Wilbur Parker was the C.O.

Miss Behavin

An original cadre ship acquired 31 October ’43 and assigned to Hal Loughran’s crew who flew her overseas in December ’43. “Miss Behavin” was one of the three aircraft involved in the mid-air combat collision over Steyr, Austria, on 2 April ’44. The other two aircraft involved in this collision were “Peerless Clipper” and “Superstitious Aloyysius.” Fetting crew with Geminder as Instructor Pilot. 9 KIA, 1 POW MACR 4025. F/E Mark Schneider was the only person aboard the three ships involved in the midair collision to survive.

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