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42-31090

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Scott 3/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-L] Deenethorpe 4/11/43; battle damaged Pas de Calais 14/1/44 with Harry Piper, Co-pilot: George Hellmuth, Navigator: Jim Coventry, Bombardier: Ray Gipson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Bailey, Radio Operator: Chas Finnis, Ball turret gunner: Chas Bedell, Waist gunner: Royce Moore, Waist gunner: Paul Lucas, Tail gunner: Mike De Vito (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed RAF Matlaske, Nfk. UK, overshot field through two hedges and Matlask-Wickmere road; Salvaged 21/1/44. NASTY HABIT.

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. ...

  • 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

  • James Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • Charles Bedell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • James Coventry

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier, Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • Michael Devito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Charles Finnie

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • Raymond Gipson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • George Hellmuth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    As co-pilot on return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went...

  • Paul Lucas

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • Royce Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

  • Harry Piper

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    On return from mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31090 'Nasty Habit' was instructed to land at RAF Matlask, Norfolk due to poor visibility at Deenethorpe. Upon landing on the grass strip, the a/c overshot the runway and went through two...

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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
Assigned Deenethorpe, UK 4 November 1943

Assigned 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed RAF Matlaske. UK 14 January 1944

Battle damaged Pas de Calais 14/1/44 crash landed RAF Matlaske, Nfk. UK, overshot field through two hedges and Matlask-Wickmere road;

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:06:26 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2018 13:57:07 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/39013781

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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