Roy Lee Dolinger was the son of Mathus Calvin Dolinger and Martha Kelley. He married Johnie Lee in November, 1942.

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-39805 departed from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, on a replacement mission to Prestwick, Scotland. It is believed that this aircraft was lost due to engine failure.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Nathan Fritzhand
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Roscoe A. Brooks
Navigator, 2nd Lt Roy L. Dolinger
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Charles L. Puma
Radio Operator, S/Sgt Elwin E. Pinkham
Assistant Radio Operator, Sgt John T. O´Brien
Engineer, S/Sgt George R. Loy
Assistant Engineer, Sgt Raymond J. Bower
Assistant Aerial Gunner, Pvt John L.R. Bozeman
Aerial Gunner, Sgt Jim C. Gaine
Prov. Op. Commander, Major Jack Pershing Thompson

2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
Entered the Service from: Virginia
Squadron: no specific unit assigned
Service #39542369
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand MIA/KIATarget: Ferry Mission
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 20-Sep-43
Serial Number: #42-39805
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: 775 miles SW from Reykjavík Iceland
Cause: Engine Failure 11MIA/KIAThis Ship and crew were lost at sea in transit to EU on the northern route after leaving Iceland. Piloted by 2nd Lt. Fritzhand with Major J.T. Thompson in provisional command. The crew and ship were not recovered.42-39805 (c/n: ) Accepted: 3 September 1943 – Lockheed Aircraft Co (Plant A-1), Burbank, California
Assigned: 5 September 1943 – ATC / 6th Ferrying Group – (Long Beach AAF)
Assigned: 22 September 1943 – 2nd AF / 17th BTW – 518 HQABSQ (Pilot Training – 4 Engine) – (Grand Island AAF)
Replacement crew training – no specific unit assigned Ferried: 30 September 1943 – (RCAF Gander – RAF Presque)(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) Thompson Provisional Group
Ditched (class 5): Thursday, 30 September 1943 @ 0330 hrs (Engine failure) – Atlantic Ocean (775 miles SW from Reykjavík), Reykjavík – Iceland (54°0’0″N / 32°8’59″W)
(Pilot: 2Lt Nathan Fritzhand) – 10 KIA (MACR 664) – SOC.The #42-39805 crew
2nd/Lt. Nathan Fritzhand Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roscoe A. Brooks MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy L. Dolinger MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt Charles L. Puma MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George R. Loy MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Elwin E. Pinkham MIA/KIA
Sgt. Raymond J. Bower MIA/KIA
Sgt. Jim C. Gaines MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. John T. O’Brien MIA/KIA
Pvt. John L. R. Bozeman MIA/KIA
Maj. Jack Pershing Thompson MIA/KIA
East Coast Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Tablets of the missing
Created by: John Dowdy
Record added: Jun 09, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112021229

Photos by Dan Phelan.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 18 July 1916
  • Date of death: 30 September 1943
  • County: Greene
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Air Force
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: East Coast Memorial, New York, NY
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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