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42-38014

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Cheyenne 14/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Isle, Maine 9/12/43; Assigned to the 546th BS/384th BG [BK-G] at Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 6/1/44; (19/9/44 - struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target left formation, apparently under control; landed away in France; crew returned to GU. The aircraft was repaired and flew her next mission on 30 December 1944), 1/1/45 - Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying the aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. with Walter E. Ramsay; salvaged by AFSC 3/1/45.

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
  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • 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.

  • Harold Bussey

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Cogan

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Willard Ehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' #43-39053 Left formation at target on fire after aircraft received direct flak burst, setting #4 on fire and #2 started smoking; the aircraft lost 8-10,000ft in a spin, then exploded in mid...

  • Graydon Fletcher

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • John Hartman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Eugene Hassing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Darwin Kelley

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Kotys

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611 Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Joseph Kotys served as a tail gunner with the 546th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group. After the war, he was a successful gymnast for Kent State University. Olympic games 1948. Won 1949 & 1950 NCAA all-around titles & four apparatus titles. 1955...

  • Ray Lacey

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611 - Aerial Gunner Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

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Missions

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

  • 8th Air Force 623FE

    11 September 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 774

    1 January 1945

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 11:27:40 jgsmit4 Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

jgsmit4@gmail.com - grandson of Richard Glen Wismer

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 22:47:07 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45-01-01-521 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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