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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 10/12/43; Presque Is 14/12/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-F] Grafton Underwood 20/1/44; 546BS [BK-F]; battle damaged Gerolstein 27/12/44, crash landed Manston; 9KIA; Salvaged 28/12/44. MAIRSY DOATS.



  • 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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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
  • 546th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • Lorenzo Abrusci

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 24 July 1944, Richard G. Wismer Crew. 33 combat missions.

  • Joseph Baggs

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Flew with the 384th BG from March '43 to November '44. He was recalled into service during the Korean War and reached the rank of Lt. Col. Flew 28 missions. ...

  • Robert Barrier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #243 dated 11 December 1944, as crew Pilot, one combat mission. Awards: PH.

  • Harold Bussey

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Carriere

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #148 dated 26 July 1944, Donald Duesler Crew, 27 x combat missions. Killed in Action Awards: AM, PH.

  • Albert Chacho

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    42-31484 JD-F, 'Mairsy Doats' sustained battle damage and attempted to land away at RAF Manston, Kent. Crashed into aircraft in the dispersal area and exploded, killing the entire crew. He completed 27 combat missions. Killed in Action (KIA) ...

  • Joseph Cogan

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Coon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief of B-17 42-31484 'Mairsy Doats'

  • Stanley Erickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on AAF Station 106 special Orders #157 dated 5 August 1944, John G Mohler Crew. 28 x combat missions. Killed in crash on return from a mission on 27 December 1944. Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

  • Graydon Fletcher

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

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  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 764

    27 December 1944


  • 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...

  • Manston

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Royal Naval Air Service use in the First World War, it was both an RAF and Fleet Air Arm base from 1918-50, and after the war a USAF Strategic Air Command base from 1950-51, a United States Air Forces Europe base from 1950-58, an RAF station...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AFB, WY 11 November 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 11-Nov-43.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, UK 20 January 1944

Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Grafton Underwood, UK 25 April 1944

Sent to Boxted (pilot Lloyd E Helmley) to pick up a stranded 384BG crew, U/C failed to lower correctly, returned base and force landed.

Assigned Grafton Underwood, UK December 1944

Transferred to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Manston, UK 27 December 1944

Battle damaged Gerolstein 27-Dec-44, crash landed Manston; 9 x KIA


Date Contributor Update
29 December 2018 17:50:44 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 10:51:04 jgsmit4 Changes to nicknames, person associations and mission associations
Sources - added by grandson of Richard Glen Wismer

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

AAIR 44-04-25-517 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database