Skip to main content
Edit entry 

42-102947

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 26/11/45. D-DAY DOTTIE.

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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Louis Grate

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (Battle stars).

  • Raymond Harman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne on 7/19/44 in B-17 44-6129

Missions

  • 481

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

  • 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

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 508

    1 August 1944

  • 512

    3 August 1944

  • 514

    4 August 1944

  • 519

    5 August 1944

Show more

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

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2021 00:09:16 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=102947

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Share