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42-5850

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 20/3/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 20/3/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-M] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43.

Missing in Action Hamburg 25/6/43 with Maj Selden Longley McMillin, Co-pilot: James Smith, Navigator: Capt James Foister, Bombardier: Francis Meyers, Radio Operator: John Reichwein, Ball turret gunner: Lynn Jones, Waist gunner: Dave Pratt, Waist gunner: Stanley MacArthur,Tail gunner: Arthur Nelson (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Robert Buckley (Killed in Action). Enemy aircraft, crashed Smallbroek, SW of Beilen, Holland. Missing Air Crew Report 16357 and 16299

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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Buckley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Foister

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lynn Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5850. Prisoner Of War. POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11 . Missing Air Crew Report #16357.

  • Stanley MacArthur

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Selden McMillin

    Military | Major | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5850. Prisoner of War.

  • Francis Meyers

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arthur Nelson

    Military | Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • David Pratt

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Reichwein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425850. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 42-5850. Prisoner of War.

Missions

  • 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 ...

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) Hollland 25 June 1943

Failed to Return
Comments: Group lead. Bombed primary on wing lead. Lost altitude near coast of England, one engine out and another smoking. Crashed at Smallbroek, The Netherlands. MACR 16357 (and 16299).
Maj. Selden Longley McMillin was awarded the Silver Star for this action.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 19:28:13 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/piwigo_384th_gallery/picture.php?/4184/categor...

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 11:01:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and events
Sources

Additional detail added from :
MACR 16299 / MACR 16357 - http://www.fold3.com;
http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=61

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 20:40:55 bombercommand Changes to description, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 16357 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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