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42-31863

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gt Falls 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Presque Is 26/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 6/2/44; battle damaged ? 28/9/44 with ? ; Cologne 6/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 19/2/45. MISS `B' HAVEN.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Francis Cooke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed on missiom (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was 'Rosie's Sweat Box'.

  • John Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Landwehr

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

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 476

    16 July 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.

  • 8th Air Force 492

    24 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 494

    25 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

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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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 00:08:32 acbernstein1 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=31863

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 05:20:53 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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