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42-102659

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 23/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 15/5/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 16/5/44; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 30/5/44; Salvaged 10/1/45.

Lost two engines over the target (presumably from flak) and force-landed at Grimbergen, Belgium. Scrapped.

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...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leon Stewart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    1st Lt Leon F. Stewart flew 33 missions, from 10/25/1944, mission #160, to 04/14/1945, mission #248 with the 401st BG. He served as a Navigator. He flew his first 13 missions with the Fred H. Babcock crew and was transferred to the Art Seder crew for...

Missions

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 458

    7 July 1944

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

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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...

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2021 13:24:16 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102659

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2021 13:23:34 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings and description
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102659

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2021 01:44:31 acbernstein1 Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102659

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2016 22:57:19 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
Sources

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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