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42-29686

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Gulfport 10/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-R] Earls Colne 12/5/43; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-B] Grafton Underwood 12/7/43; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 12/8/43 with Bill Bigelow, Co-pilot: Earl Price, Navigator: Rich Hill, Radio Operator: Bill Bartels, Ball turret gunner: George Fulton, Waist gunner: Walt Nowotny, Waist gunner: Mike Lome,Tail gunner: Martin Parisot (8 Prisoner of War); Bombardier: Walt Humphreys, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Hamilton (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Heisterbacherrott, three miles E of Konigswinter, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 290. PIE-EYED PIPER (aka ? KAYO).

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

  • William Bartels

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Bigelow

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Fulton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Hamilton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Hill

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 42-29686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Walter Humphreys

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Michael Lome

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Nowotny

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Martin Parisot

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Earl Price

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #4229686 'Pie Eyed Piper. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

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 12 August 1943

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 290 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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