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42-97233

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/44; Dalhart 2/3/44; Presque Is 25/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-K] Grafton Underwood 9/4/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Scott Briley, Co-pilot: Marcel Letourneau, Bombardier: Vince Consoli, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Ward, Radio Operator: Carl Hitchcock, Ball turret gunner: Karl Stauffer, Waist gunner: John Allen, Waist gunner: Jim McLain, Tail gunner: Ralph Voorhees (9 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Dexter Warren (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Vielbrunn, near Bad Konig/Odenwald, 19 miles SE of Darmstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3874.

Service

Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air crew Report #3874. POW

  • Scott Briley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415. Returned with the fires extinguished but five of the crew had bailed out over Germany. Returned to Duty (RTD). Awarded The...

  • Vincent Consoli

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Hitchcock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marcel LeTourneau

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-97233. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James McLain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 42-97233. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Karl Stauffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Voorhees

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Ward

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Dexter Warren

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-97233, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2020 22:34:44 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3874 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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