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42-29761

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 17/4/43 RUTH L II (re-named LUCKY LADY); transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-W] Ridgewell 14/7/43; Missing in Action 28m Brunswick 30/1/44 with Henry Steele, Co-pilot: Jim Settle, Navigator: Bob Anderson, Bombardier: Leopold Flores, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Perry Beach,Tail gunner: Paul Welch (6 Prisoners of War); Radio Operator: Wilbert Eason, Ball turret gunner: Harry Lee, Left Waist gunner: Harry Holtz, Right Waist gunner: Pete Hlynsky (4 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, crash landed between Bakel & Deurne, Hol. MACR 2244. MARTHA II.

Fitted with twin .50 nose gun configuration, which prevented the bombardier from using a bomb sight, resulting in this aircraft being used as a 'wing' aircraft to support the formation leader.

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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron
  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Steele crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to the marshalling yards at Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. He had glass in is eyes from the exploding nose...

  • Perry Beach

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Steele crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW-190's on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. S/Sgt Beach was wounded in the aircraft so Sgt Eason (radio operator) manned...

  • Wilbert Eason

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Steele crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Sgt Eason had left his radio to man the top turret guns after S/Sgt...

  • Leopold Flores

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. He had a right knee injury. Evaded...

  • George Hansen

    Military | 381st Bomb Group

  • Peter Hlynsky

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Killed in Action (KIA). As Sgt Hlynsky was...

  • Harold Holtz

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Killed in Action (KIA). Sgt Holtz was...

  • William Johnson

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    September 1943 - July 1944

  • Harry Lee

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Sgt Lee was found by the Dutch underground still in the aircraft...

  • James Settle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Steele crew. Original member of the Garrett crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by FW 190s on return from mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-29761 'Martha II'. MACR 2244. Lt Settle along with other members...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

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...

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

  • Snetterton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 18500 E 6th Ave, Aurora, CO 80011, USA 15 February 1943

Delivered Denver AAF 15-Feb-43.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering NN14, UK 17 April 1943

Assigned 338BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Ridgewell, Halstead CO9, UK 14 July 1943

Transferred 533BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed 5761 Bakel, Netherlands 30 January 1944

Missing in Action 28m Brunswick 30/1/44 flak & enemy aircraft, crash landed between Bakel & Deurne, Hol. 6 x POW, 4 x KIA MACR 2244.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2020 00:07:50 kstrykerAK Changes to mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing Company. 1996. pages 38, 293, 301

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 22:23:24 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, markings, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 29, 293

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2020 12:11:39 Emily Changes to markings and description
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary, p148-149

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2018 19:39:47 RayWells Changes to person associations
Sources

Kris Azevedo

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2018 03:13:48 ARowe95 Changes to person associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2018 03:35:18 ARowe95 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 10:07:14 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28601879

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2244 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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