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42-97271

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Dalhart 29/2/44; Dow Field 3/4/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-A] Grafton Underwood 25/4/44; Missing in Action Hamburg 30/3/45 with Gerald Hicks (Killed in Action); Jesse Hendricks, Bob Thiefels, John Gussin, Bill Goodman, Charles Winner, Robert Grocki, Roger Walcott, Sherman Edward Meek (8 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Ramhusen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 13565. BOSS LADY.

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

  • William Goodman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 748 - Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ramhausen on 20 Mar 45 in B-17 'Boss Lady' #42-97271. Missing Air Crew Report #13565.

  • Robert Grocki

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ramhausen on 20 Mar 45 in B-17 'Boss Lady' #42-97271. MACR #13565

  • John Gussin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ramhausen on 20 Mar 45 in B-17 'Boss Lady' #4297271

  • Jesse Hendricks

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ramhausen on 20 Mar 45 in B-17 'Boss Lady' #4297271

  • Gerald Hicks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Ramhausen in B-17 'Boss Lady' #42-97271, MACR 13565 ...

  • Ernest Hofmann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Hunt crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Hunt

    Military | First Lieutenant | MOS 1091 Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Clifford Linn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. John Hunt crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Sherman Meek

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #29 dated 5 February 1945, Gerald Hicks Crew. 17 combat missions. ...

  • Robert Thiefels

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Ramhausen on 20 Mar 45 in B-17 'Boss Lady' #4297271

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Missions

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 20 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2018 13:12:45 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

correct town name

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 00:43:57 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings and place associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2015 02:59:54 bombercommand Changes to description and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13565 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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