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42-5843

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 17/3/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Dow Fd 20/5/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ralph R. Pulcipher, Co-pilot: Merle Johnson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Thomas E. Furrey, Radio Operator: Asbury Lee Perkins (4 evaded capture), Navigator: William Eudey, Bombardier: Paul S. Givens, Ball turret gunner: Willard D. McLain, Waist gunner: Joe M. Hawkins, Waist gunner: Judson L. Dacus,Tail gunner: Albert F. Gase (6 Prisoner of War); no gas, crashed Beauvais, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 1455 & 774. BLACK GHOST.

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

  • Judson Dacus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph R. Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions. ...

  • William Eudey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, R Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions. ...

  • Thomas Furrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, R Pulcipher Crew. 13 combat missions. ...

  • Albert Gase

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph R. Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions. ...

  • Paul Givens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, R Pulcipher Crew. 12 combat missions ...

  • Joe Hawkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #32 dated 1 February 1943, Ralph R. Pulcipher Crew. 13 combat missions. ...

  • Merle Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    10 combat missions. Shot down on B-17 42-5843, BLACK GHOST, 6 September 1943. EVADED, MACR 1455 Escape and Evasion Report Number 220

  • Willard McLain

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and flak in B-17 42-5843 SO-S, BLACK GHOST; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455. EVADED Escape and Evasion Report Number 270

  • Asbury Perkins

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Moved overseas with the Ralph R. Pulcipher crew. 12 combat missions. Shot down 6 September 1943 in B-17 #42-5843 'Black Ghost'. Missing Air Crew Report #1455. Evaded. Escape and Evasion Report Number 221

  • Ralph Pulcipher

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    42-5843 'BLACK GHOST' shot down 6 September 1943 by fighters and flak; crashed near Beauvais, France; MACR 1455. Escape and Evasion Report Number 168

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Beauvais, France 6 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 00:52:25 bombercommand Changes to description and events
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 00:03:09 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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