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42-31069

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Mayfield, Radio Operator: Harry McKinney, Ball turret gunner: Paul Wheaton, Waist gunner: Melvin Crawford, Tail gunner: Jim Rollett (9 Prisoner of War); flak set #2 on fire, crashed Huselitz, S of Stendahl, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9415. LITTLE MOE.

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...

  • 615th 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. ...

  • Melvin Crawford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Little Moe' #4231069

  • Clayton Crunk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Little Moe' 42-31069.

  • Edward Daves

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt in B-17 'Little Moe' #4231069 ...

  • Harold Kinney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group

  • John MacDougall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Little Moe' #42-31069

  • Ralph Mezydlo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Little Moe' #42-31069

  • James Rollet

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Little Moe' #42-31069

  • Paul Wheaton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Helmstedt on 9/28/44 in B-17 'Little Moe' #42-31069

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 149

    5 December 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 216 B-17 from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (10); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (21); 351BG (35); 379BG (21); 381BG (30); 384BG (20); and 301BG (20)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • 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...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 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 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 28 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2021 22:28:17 acbernstein1 Changes to markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31069

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:32:45 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.
Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9415 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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