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42-31730

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-B] Deenethorpe 31/1/44; 613BS [IN-O]; 112m, Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 9/6/45; 4100 BU Patterson 9/10/45; 4100 BU Rome Recl Comp 29/1/46. MORNING STAR.

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
  • 615th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Arnold

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Clyde Lewis crew. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • 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. ...

  • John Dailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail-Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • James Howell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Clyde Lewis crew. Awards: DFC, AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Carl Landwehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Gunner, Enlisted | 401st Bomb Group

  • Clyde Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 1-Jan-44. B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Leo Shapiro

    Military | First Lieutenant | B17 Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • Melvin Weber

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Clyde Lewis crew. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

  • 355

    13 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 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.

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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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2021 02:02:09 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31730

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2021 20:20:55 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31730

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2021 19:37:03 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31730

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2021 17:10:41 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31730

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2021 00:31:49 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames, markings and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31730

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:53:28 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Added Production block number and Manufacturer per info search for A/C tail number.
Source: https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-31730-morning-star-aka-tail-end-c...

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:47:34 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added connections to the 613 BS & 615 BS & 401 BG listed in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2020 21:43:46 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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