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42-32012

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 15/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-P] Deenethorpe 5/3/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45. SHARK TOOTH.

Service

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Bowman

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer | 401st Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of 401st BG from June 1943 to 5 December 1944. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Foster Dewees

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Farmer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), AF CMD, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Carlton Giese

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Goodman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group

  • James Graham

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Walter Haberer

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. James Goodman crew. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Herbert James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Among other planes flew on Shark Tooth

  • Donald Kent

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | B-17 Radio Operator/Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 322

    27 April 1944

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 432

    22 June 1944

  • 476

    16 July 1944

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 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.

  • 486

    21 July 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver AAF, CO 15 January 1944

Delivered Denver AAF 15-Jan-44.

Assigned Deenethorpe, UK 5 March 1944

Assigned 614BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 00:47:27 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=32012

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 21:38:28 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/55661115
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-32012-shark-tooth/

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2020 21:29:23 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/55661115
https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-32012-shark-tooth/

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2016 01:57:05 RWOLIVER Changes to nicknames
Sources

401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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