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42-31037

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe 10/10/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Kenneth R Murgatroyd, James E Pennoyer, James K Elderkin, Stanley Lesser, Jerome P Robertson, Howard N Magnuson (6 Prisoner of War); Owen H Jorgensen, John S Spirodek, Donald H Schmidli (3 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Liebstedt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 7545. PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-39932 Sweat 'er Out

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Gr Island 5/11/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; 11 x missions; was set for mission to Bernburg 6/7/44 with Russ Lockhart, Co-pilot: Porter Ham, Navigator: Bob Grilley, Bombardier: John Jardine, Flight...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Fred Brown

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x missions on B-17's as co-pilot to 1st Lt Fred D Grinham. ...

  • James Elderkin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 13 missions; Bordeaux, Fr. , Hamburg, Berlin, etc. Flying deputy lead on mission to Leipzig on 20 July 1944 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama" when we were shot down over Wehrmar (Spelling actually: Weimar)...

  • Owen Jorgensen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 #42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Killed in Action (KIA). Noted in MACR to have landed successfully, exited his chute harness and having been killed by civilians....

  • Stanley Lesser

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7545 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Magnuson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7545 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Murgatroyd

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 #42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Pennoyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 'Pistol Packin' Mama'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7545 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jerome Robertson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 #42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7545 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Schmidli

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Killed in Action (KIA). Noted in MACR to have landed successfully and having been killed by civilians. MACR 7545 Awards: PH.

  • John Spirodek

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 12 x combat missions. Shot down 20-Jul-44 in B-17 42-31037 "Pistol Packin' Mama". Killed in Action (KIA). Noted in MACR to have passed out (Anoxia) and so been attached by static line and thrown out by crewmates and...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 397

    7 June 1944

  • 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.

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
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas, TX 75235, USA 8 September 1943
Assigned Deenethorpe, Corby NN17, UK 10 October 1943

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Failed to Return (FTR) Liebstedt, Germany 20 July 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Liepzig mission; hit by flak, #2 engine and fuselage aflame, crashed Liebstedt, Germany; all crew baled out, 6 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 7545.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2021 21:32:00 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31037

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2019 12:35:51 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

Error

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2019 12:31:38 phil marchese Changes to markings
Sources

AAM image
91st BG.

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2019 15:13:35 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29405263
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31037-pistol-packin-mama/

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 12:10:14 Kauko56 Changes to description
Sources

MACR 7545, page 2

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 02:15:29 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2016 02:14:49 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7545 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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