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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/44; Gr Island 4/3/44; Grenier 20/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-C] Grafton Underwood 6/4/44; transferred with group for mapping duties at Istres; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/10/45. KATHLEEN, LADY OF VICTORY.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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


  • Lorenzo Abrusci

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 24 July 1944, Richard G. Wismer Crew. 33 combat missions.

  • Walter Bush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Harold Bussey

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Graydon Fletcher

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Anthony Galetto

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Darwin Kelley

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Leibel

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • David Lewis

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Schoebel

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Richard Wismer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Flew B-17 'Pauline' DFC/Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME ribbon with 3 stars


  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 8th Air Force 548FB

    13 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 548FE

    13 August 1944


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 17 February 1944
Assigned Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 6 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
21 February 2017 02:23:05 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 11:37:39 jgsmit4 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources - grandson of Richard Glen Wismer

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

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