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42-3441

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Denver 14/6/43; Kearney 19/7/43; Assigned to the 547th BS, squadron code SO-E, 384th BG, Station 106, Grafton Underwood, UK on 9/8/43; when war weary the ship was used as an assembly ship, painted white with sky blue polka dots; Returned to the USA Grenier 24/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 12/12/45 THE SPOTTED COW aka PATCHES II.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Kenneth Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Marv Kravet crew. 17 x combat missions. Shot down over Oberpfoffenhofen, Germany on 24-Apr-44 with Bill MacKichan crew in B-17 42-38158. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4352 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Claus Gustafson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Entered Army/Air Force in September 1942, discharged in November 1945. ...

  • Urban Westrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Marv Kravet crew. 12 x combat missions. Transferred to 15th AF. Completed 50 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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
12 March 2015 04:59:12 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 04:31:40 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2015 01:25:40 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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