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42-97404

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Cheyenne 26 February 1944; Kearney 16 March 1944; Grenier 26 March 1944; Assigned to the 544th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [SU-L] Grafton Underwood on 27 March 1944; Missing in Action on a mission to Stettin, 13 May 1944 with Tom Rex Francis (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Maurice S. Mahoney, Navigator: Herbert Polansky, Bombardier: Raymond Edward Bowkley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Allen Francis Brannigan, Radio Operator: Otto William Barnum, Ball turret gunner: William John Joseph Fiory, Waist gunner: Joseph Anthony Palladino,Tail gunner: Joseph Petrillo, Wilbur Godfrey Zordel (9 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft set wings on fire, crashed at Drosedow, a mile Northwest of Loitz, near Tutrow Airfield, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 4813.

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

People

  • Otto Barnum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4297404. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Raymond Bowkley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97404. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #4813. POW

  • Allen Brannigan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4297404. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Fiory

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4297404. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Francis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97404. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Maurice Mahoney

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97404. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #4813. POW

  • Joseph Palladino

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97404, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Petrillo

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #4297404. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Herbert Polansky

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97404. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #4813. POW

  • Wilbur Zordel

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97404, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 355

    13 May 1944

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) Poland 13 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 00:45:06 bombercommand Changes to description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4813 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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