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42-31033

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 7/9/43; Scott 11/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] Deenethorpe 26/10/43;

An Original 401st BG aircraft, the ship was named, Pee-Tey-Kuh, by the [Native American] Blackfeet as this is Lt. Leon Stann's name in their language.

Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/5/44 with Stephen Nasen, Co-pilot: John Mitchell, Navigator: Jack Duce, Bombardier: Alvin Gould, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Warren Jumper, Waist gunner: Don Ogborn, Waist gunner: Clarry Biggs, Tail gunner: Herb Willman (8 Prisoner of War), Radio Operator: Garland Owens remains recovered 27/12/51, Ball turret gunner: Eldon Leavitt (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed near Duderstadt, 15 miles E of Gottingen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2507. PEE-TAY-KUH.

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

  • Clarence Biggs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner; Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag 17 B POW, Air Medal-European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Battle Stars- Good Conduct Medal

  • Jack Duce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alvin Gould

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren Jumper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Eldon Leavitt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • John Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    John Mitchell was Co-Pilot of B-17 #42-39840 "The Lopin' Lobo", hit by Flak on the 1 December 1943 mission to Solingen/Leverkusen. The Fortress was flown back to England, but six men had baled out over Belgium (see their pages at www.evasioncomete.be >...

  • Stephan Nason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donald Ogborn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Garland Owens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Herbert Willman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #42-31033 'Pee Tey Kun', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 September 2021 13:24:01 acbernstein1 Changes to description
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31033

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 23:17:59 acbernstein1 Changes to markings, description and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31033

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 21:02:10 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Corrected the spelling of the nickname.

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2021 20:54:11 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:36:02 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added space(s) to the A/C "Description" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2507 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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