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42-31081

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-C] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; Missing in Action Zwickau 7/10/44 with Augustus J. Nelson, Edgar W. Nevois, John S. Kulczycki Jr., Blaine B.Wilcox, Larry E. Williams, John T. Dorris, Frank R. Majeski, Bobbie D. Anderson, James J. McCarthy (9 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Politz, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9757. SON OF A BLITZ.

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Bobbie Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Politz in B-17 'Son of a Blitz' #4231081

  • Lee Belknap

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Boggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Boller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Connolly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. ETD (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Dorris

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by Flak over the target Politz in B-17 'IN-C' #42-31081 'Son of a Blitz'

  • Russell Fowler

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Maurice Friedman

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC (OLC), AM(3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Barclay Hurley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Krise

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 7 October 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 23:28:49 Win Bryson Changes to description
Sources

The 10-man Lt. Nelson B-17 Crew arrived at Deenethorpe July 23, 1944. At that time, the 401st was flying 9-man Crews (diminished enemy air attacks), so the 2-Waist Gunners alternated Mission days flying with their Crewmates (but also flew with other Crews to keep their Mission-count up). S/Sgt. Clifford C. Newby, LWG was the 10th Crewman, did not fly Oct. 7, 1944 when the Crew was shot-down - it wasn't his turn. He went-on to fly 30-Missions, many as 'Toggelier' (in the Bombardier's position, but 'dropping' the bomb load when he saw the Lead a/c drop theirs).

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 22:51:12 Win Bryson Changes to markings
Sources

Win Bryson's 2004 phone interview with Charles Kashner, LWG, 613Sq. Lt Fowler Crew - that Crew ferried 'Son of A Blitz' to Deenethorpe, named it and flew it as 'theirs' for most of their Misisons.

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2016 01:54:27 RWOLIVER Changes to nicknames
Sources

401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9757 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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