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42-102402

B-17 Flying Fortress

Cheyenne 29/2/44; Gr Island 11/3/44; Bangor 2/4/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-L] Grafton Underwood 4/4/44; Missing in Action Kiel 22/5/44 with Milton Castleman, Co-pilot: Jack Hickey, Navigator: Gene Hepp, Bombardier: Ron Merkley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Howard Stevens, Radio Operator: John Hardman, Ball turret gunner: Herb Cook, Waist gunner: John Markiewicz (8 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: John Fitch (Killed in Action); flak KOd two engines and mech faults, crashed on farm near Rethwischfeld, 11 miles SW of Lubeck, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4954.

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

  • Milton Castleman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Served in Korean and Vietnam conflicts rising to rank of Lt Colonel.

  • Herbert Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Hickey crew. 7 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Fitch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Hickey crew. 7 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Severely wounded in leg on his final mission; bailed out; treated in German hospital but died after surgery. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • John Hardman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Jack Hickey crew. 6 x combat missions. Shot down 22-May-44 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Eugene Hepp

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Milton Castleman crew. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402. Shot down Rethwischfeld, Germany 22-May-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 ...

  • Jack Hickey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 7 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel in B-17 42-102402 22-May-44; dropped out of formation, went into spin. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4954 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Markiewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 42-102402. Prisoner of War (POW). Mission was to Kiel. Re-enlisted with the Counter Intelligence Corp in Spet 45 thru 48 POW

  • Ronald Merkley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 #42102402. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Howard Stevens

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 #42102402. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leo Teetman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Leo Teetman was born in Brooklyn to parents of Polish descent, and lived most of his life on the East Coast. He joined up in 1942 and was assigned as a gunner to the 384th Bomb Group, 547th Bomb Squadron, based at Grafton Underwood in Northamptonshire....

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 22 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4954 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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