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42-97600

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Langley 26/1/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 27/4/44; transferred 351BG [ -Y] Polebrook 14/6/44; 614BS/401BG [IW-Y] Deenethorpe 20/8/44; 613BS [IN-Y].

Missing in Action Merseburg 21/11/44 with Francis Rundell, Ray Johnson, Rene Champagne, Bill Shearer, Harry Mears, Art Trojanowski, Jim Huffman, Bob Ice, Lt Alistair Currie radar nav (9 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Merseburg; Missing Air Crew Report 10410.

Service

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Blevins

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Rene Champagne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Alstair Currie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator, Radar | 401st Bomb Group

  • George Daniels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gerald Hansen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Holland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x missions. Ended Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM(3OLC), American Campaign, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x battle star).

  • James Huffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed near Merseburg on 11/21/44 in B-17 42-97600.

  • Robert Ice

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Merseburg on 11/21/44 in B-17 42-97600.

  • Raymond Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 342A

    7 May 1944

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 514

    4 August 1944

  • 533

    9 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 584

    27 August 1944

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Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 21 November 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2021 00:59:41 acbernstein1 Changes to markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=97600

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 22:11:38 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer and markings
Sources

Correction in serial and block format; and manufactuer plant

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2019 00:27:16 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

FORTLOG, Osborne
FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 10410 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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