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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 28/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 544th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SU-Q] Grafton Underwood on 6 June 1944; on a training flight, 3 August 1944 with Howard A. Jung, Navigator: Thomas C. Bates, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harold L. Perry, Radio Operator: William Isaac Sellars; crash landed at home base, station 106, when new pilot clipped trees when banking to line up runway on return to base. (four Killed in Service), Co-pilot: James Allan Vranna, survived. Aircraft was salvaged.



  • 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


  • Thomas Bates

    Military | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Howard Jung

    Military | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Alfred Nuttall

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Group Operations Officer/Squadron Commander | 384th Bomb Group
    Original 544th BS CO, member of original cadre to form squadron. ...

  • Harold Perry

    Military | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Sellars

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17 42-107224 SU-Q, crashed when unable to locate runway, after fog and darkness occurred, while slow-timing new engines.

  • James Vranna

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Plane crashed 4 August 1944 over base in England on a training mission. Vranna was the only survivor.

  • Ralph Watson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) B-17


  • 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
07 May 2015 03:45:22 bombercommand Changes to markings, description, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2015 03:39:04 bombercommand Changes to media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:16 AAM AAM ingest

AAIR 44-08-03-517 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database