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43-39236

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Hunter 13/1/45; Dow Fd 1/2/45; Assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SO-A], Station 106, Grafton Underwood, UK on 20 February 1945; transferred with group to Istres on passenger transport duties; crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945 with Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Milne were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John Anthony Blagg, Passenger-John P. Tarro and Passenger Norman D. DeClarke were killed. Salvaged 9th AF Germany on 4/3/46.
43-39236 was assigned to 40 missions and was credited with 36 combat missions.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lewis Ahner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Co-pilot - Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer - Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator - Alexander W. Andrews,...

  • Alexander Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

  • Robert Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

  • John Blagg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot, Passenger | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

  • Weldon Bragg

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

  • Norman DeClarke

    Military | First Lieutenant | 2554 - Aerial Gunnery Instructor | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

  • Desire Massicotte

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

  • Frederick Miner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

  • Phillip Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Phillips was killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • John Tarro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Copilot, Passenger | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash landed at St Andre Le Cote, France on 10 December 1945. Pilot-Lewis R. Ahner Jr., Copilot-Weldon C. Bragg and Engineer-Frederick C. Miner were seriously injured. Navigator-Desire L. Massicotte, Radio Operator- Alexander W. Andrews, Passenger-John...

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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...

  • Istres, France

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2015 00:17:14 bombercommand Changes to description and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 02:14:01 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45-12-10-503 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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