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42-97872

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 22/3/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; crashed on take off Dutch flak inst. 17/9/44 with Francis Cooke, Co-pilot: Paul Clark, Navigator: Chas Werner, Bombardier: Frank Jorgensen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wilford Dahlin, Radio Operator: Bill Weston, Ball turret gunner: Joe Page, Waist gunner: John Browning, Tail gunner: Walt Ambrogetti (9KOM); hit the Weldon/Oundle Road, Northamptonshire, and exploded with full load of gas and bombs. Salvaged. ROSIE'S SWEAT BOX.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Ambrogetti

    Military | Corporal | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was "Rosie's Sweat Box". PH

  • Brown Bralley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Left Waist Gunner; Nose Gunner, Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    He flew on W. G. Rozzell's crew. Flew on B-17 'Rosie's Sweat Box'. Completed 31 missions from 30 May 1944 to 09 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 "Down N' Go" #42-102394. He was shot...

  • John Browning

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was "Rosie's Sweat Box".

  • Paul Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was "Rosie's Sweat Box".

  • Francis Cooke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on missiom (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was 'Rosie's Sweat Box'.

  • Wilford Dahlin

    Military | Corporal | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was "Rosie's Sweat Box".

  • Alex Garan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 6th August 1944. Sgt. Alex Garen, Jr., tail gunner on Lt. H. J. Oschsenhirt's crew, was killed by a flak burst. Aircraft was probably #42-97872.

  • Alex Garen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    On 6th August Mission 124 was to an aircraft engine plant at Genshagen, Germany. Colonel Brown was the Wing Leader with Captain F.P. Ball and Col. W.T. Seawell as the Box leaders. Bombing results were excellent, there was no enemy air opposition but...

  • George Ivey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    He flew on W. G. Rozzell's crew. Flew on B-17 'Rosie's Sweat Box'. Completed 33 missions from 30 May 1944 to 09 August 1944.

  • Frank Jorgensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on Mission (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was "Rosie's Sweat Box".

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Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Tulsa, OK, USA 22 March 1944
Assigned Deenethorpe, Corby NN17, UK 1 June 1944

401st BG
614th BS

Crashed Oundle Rd, Weldon, Corby, UK 17 September 1944 – 17 September 1944

Crashed onto the Weldon/Oundle Road and exploded with a full load of gas and bombs - 9 men killed

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 05:17:56 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2016 00:35:09 466thHistorian Changes to manufacturer
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2016 00:32:17 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15990 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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