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42-3216

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 13/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott, Navigator: Toscha Massey, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Smith, Waist gunner: Leroy Bernard, Waist gunner: Tony Perroni,Tail gunner: Elton Buddemeyer (7 Killed in Action), Bombardier: Gene Connor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Hugh Mauritho, Radio Operator: Herbert Yeryar (3 evaded capture); enemy aircraft blew off nose, crashed Rambluzin-Meuse, 11 miles S of Verdun, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 841. THE JOKER.

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

  • Leroy Bernard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/10/43 in B17#42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.

  • Arthur Brittain

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Elton Buddemeyer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Carrington

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Eugene Connor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombardier on William E Kopf Crew, flew 4 missions in October 1943. On 10 October his B-17 #42-29557 'Yankee Girl' struck the hanger at RAF Desford returning from a mission. ...

  • William Kopf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-3216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/10/43 in B17 42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.

  • Toscha Massey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1034 - Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #841 Earlier on 10/10/1943 in B-17#42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.

  • Hugh Mauritho

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423216 'The Joker. ' Evaded.

  • Anthony Perroni

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3216 JD-S, 'The Joker.' Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air crew Report #841. Earlier, on 10 October 1943 in B17#42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from a mission, struck a hanger at RAF Desford.

  • Alfred Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/10/43 in B17#42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.

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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 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 1 April 1943
Assigned Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 29 May 1943

384BG
545BS

Shot Down Rambluzin-Meuse, France 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 19:52:02 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?Aircraft...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 841 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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