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42-29717

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Syracuse 8/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-Z] Bassingbourn 17/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 326BS/92BG Alconbury 1/8/43; 544BS/384BG [SU-M] Grafton Underwood 13/8/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 25/2/44 with Jack Larsen, Co-pilot: Warren Donovan, Navigator: John Fallon, Bombardier: Ed Murray, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Karl Barnes, Radio Operator: Bob Cole, Ball turret gunner: Alton Haverlah, Waist gunner: Ed Simon, Waist gunner: Ed Holler,Tail gunner: John Moore (10 Prisoner of War); mech fault, crash landed Bruchsal ?, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 2774. MR FIVE BY FIVE.

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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Wendell Ackerman

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    •Sustained Moderately Severe Frostbite over Northwestern Germany on 22 December 1943. • Transferred to the Detachment Of Patients, 303rd Station Hospital on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #178 dated 30 December 1943.

  • Karl Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret 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

  • Robert Cole

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 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

  • Robert DeMille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Robert E. DeMille was my Father. He flew 32 missions in B-17's from Grafton-Underwood (384th BG/ 544th BS) and Chelveston in England. He never wanted to speak very much of his wartime experiences. He wanted to come home after his obligatory 25...

  • Warren Donovan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 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

  • John Fallon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 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

  • Alton Haverlah

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret 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

  • Edward Holler

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, 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

  • Jack Larsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 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, Germany on 25 Feb 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail 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

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Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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) Memmingen 25 February 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2015 16:04:58 Lucy May Changes to media associations
Sources

Added from information in caption of FRE 3854.

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 04:48:19 hklars Changes to nicknames
Sources

Jack Larsen was my grandfather.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2774 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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