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42-29651

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/43; Salina 9/2/43; Brookley 3/3/43; Morrison 9/3/43; Assigned Harris Prov. Gp, en route from Marrakech to St Eval, Cornwall, UK 7/4/43 force landed Lytchett Minster, near Poole, Dorset, low on gas with Talmadge Wilson, Co-pilot: M.Berg, Navigator: Granville Williams, Bombardier: Bob Sherwin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: T.R. Cetnarowski, Radio Operator: A.H. Schatz, pass: E.J.Bayer, Art Burns, C.E. Vondrachek, M.A. LaSota, C.Silver, Lt L.R. Kisamore (12 Returned to Duty); aircraft stripped to lighten and flew out OK; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-G] Grafton Underwood 27/6/43; then [SU-K/G]; transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA 5/6/44; Tinker 3/7/44; Homestead 8/7/44; Patterson 15/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 17/8/45. STELLA MARIS.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ted Cetnarowski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #423043 'Hitler's Gremlin. ' Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base. Earlier on April 7, 1943, ferrying B17 42-29651 'Stella Maris' from Marrakech to Cornwall, encountered enemy fire. Landed near Dorset. Crew was...

  • Edward Holler

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17F #42-29717 'Mr. Five By Five' was last seen with one engine feathered and heading towards Switzerland on a mission to Stuttgart, GR on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 83

    16 August 1943
    This mission consists of two elements of B-17s despatched to bomb the German airfields of Le Bourget (Paris), Poix and Abbeville, France. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 85

    19 August 1943
    The German airfields at Gilze-Rijen, Holland and Woensdrecht, Holland are the targets for this mission. The attacks will be made by two elements. The first element is a combined force of 125 B-17s from: 91BG (8); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 89

    2 September 1943
    This mission was composed of five elements. The first element was combined force 55 B-17s despatched from: 92BG; 305BG, and 306BG to bomb German airfields in NW France. The mission is recalled due to weather and the bombers return without dropping...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 99 with RAF

    22 September 1943
    5 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are dispatched to accompany an RAF night attack on Hannover, Germany. All 5 are effective on the target. There are no losses or claims

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 26 January 1943
Force Landed Lychett Minster, UK 7 April 1943
Manufactured Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 27 June 1943

384BG
544BS

Force Landed Deanland, UK 6 September 1943

Low on fuel returning from mission

Force Landed Great Ashfield Airfield, UK 14 October 1943

Runaway supercharger on #2 engine. Jettisoned bombs.

Force Landed RAF Thorney Island 31 December 1943

Completed mission. Low on fuel

Force Landed Metfield Airfield, UK 21 February 1944

Technical problem caused turnback. Bombed TOA.

Assigned Little Staughton Airfield, UK 4 April 1944

2BAD

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 21:07:07 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 21:07:07 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 21:06:53 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2020 21:06:49 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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