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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Cheyenne 9 December 1943; Kearney, Nebraska 31 December 1943; Presque Isle 27 January 1944; Assigned to the 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-H] as a PFF aircraft, station 106, Grafton Underwood on 10 February 1944; 1m with ? , force landed on the continent 10 January 1945; Salvaged 28 January 1945. THE SAINT.



  • 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.

  • Theodore Bardue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Seriously wounded on Mission 482, 19 July 1944 resulting in removal from flying status, and transfer back to the USA. Flew on B-17 42-97251, 'The Saint'.

  • Harold Bussey

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Graydon Fletcher

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • James Kangas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Last mission, Pilsen, Czech- Apr 25 1945 poor visIbility, made 3 trips over target, major damage, lost 2 engines, fell behind formation, made an emergency landing in Luxemburg, flew back to base in a repaired plane the next day. ...

  • Darwin Kelley

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Leibel

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Niemiec

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #179 dated 8 September 1944, John Fahr Crew. 35 combat missions.

  • Theodore Rothschild

    Military | Sergeant | B-17 Ball Turret Gunner and Toggler | 384th Bomb Group
    Credited with 35 Combat Missions and awarded the Air Medal. Sgt. Rothschild was from Brooklyn, NY.

  • John Schoebel

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

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  • 590

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord. ...

  • 789

    10 January 1945


  • 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


Event Location Date
Forced landing Brussels, Belgium 18 October 1944 – 7 January 1945

Soon after bombs away, this aircraft started to drop back from formation under control, and continued to drop back until out of sight; returned to base and resumed combat missions after seven weeks.


Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 11:47:32 jgsmit4 Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources - grandson of Richard Glen Wismer

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 22:03:58 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log