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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Dow Fieldd 14/4/44; Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron, 384th Bombardment Group, squadron code [SU-T] Grafton Underwood, Station 1056, UK on 7 May 1944; battle damaged Merkwiller, France on 3 August 1944 with Frank L. Allred, Co-pilot: William M. Reed, Navigator: Donald L. Ferguson, Bombardier: Nickolas Leschak Jr. (injured), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Raymon L. Noble(injured), Radio Operator: Eldon B. Drury, Ball turret gunner: Robert M. Mitchell, Waist gunner: Carl H. Redcay,Tail gunner: Virgil D. Hunt (9 Returned to Duty); en route to target #3 out, turing back another engine lost, pilot spotted small airfield and Chailey, Sussex, ship landed safely then skidded into village of Plumpton, but caught fire, crew jumped out before aircraft exploded; Salvaged 2 SAD, 5 August 1944.



  • 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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • Frank Allred

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Melvin Hedrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | flexible gunner/ Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Gates Carey crew. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Mitchell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner, Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group
    35 Missions Flown in B-17 DFC; 3 AM; 5 Battle Stars


  • 513

    3 August 1944


  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
18 April 2015 00:11:43 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log