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42-31415

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/11/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Dallas 28/11/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 8/1/44.

Detailed Brunswick 30/1/44 with Ed Fioretti*, Co-pilot: Scott Briley*, Navigator: Sam Merlo, Bombardier: Leon Griffin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Stuhl (5 Returned to Duty); Radio Operator: Joe Sylvia, Ball turret gunner: Horace House, Waist gunner: Clark Wolfe, Waist gunner: Andy Wallo, Tail gunner: Huley Day (5 Prisoner of War); damaged by enemy aircraft and some bailed out, rest came home & crash landed at their base 30/1/44.

(*both awarded Silver Star).

Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 17/2/44. HAM-ON-RYE.

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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Scott Briley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415. Returned with the fires extinguished but five of the crew had bailed out over Germany. Returned to Duty (RTD). Awarded The...

  • Huley Day

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415 returned with the fires extinquished but five of the crew had baled out over Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Fioretti

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, as crew pilot. 22 combat missions. ...

  • Leonard Griffith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, Edward Fioretti Crew. 23 combat missions. ...

  • Horace House

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    7 missions. Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415 returned with the fires extinquished but five of the crew had baled out over Germany. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Samuel Merlo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG, 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, Edward Fioretti Crew. 24 combat missions. ...

  • Walter Stuhl

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943, Edward Fioretti Crew. 25 combat missions. ...

  • Joseph Sylvia

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415 returned with the fires extinquished but five of the crew had baled out over Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Andrew Wallo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415 returned with the fires extinquished but five of the crew had baled out over Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clark Wolfe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G #42-31415 returned with the fires extinquished but five of the crew had baled out over Germany. Prisoner of War (POW).

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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2020 20:58:03 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2015 11:27:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

Associated people - MACR 14416

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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