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42-3230

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/4/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-U] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Drewry Wofford, Co-pilot: Bob Palton, Navigator: Malcolm McDonald, Bombardier: George Kyriakopoulous, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Dvorshek, Radio Operator: Harvey Wiegand, Ball turret gunner: Morris Merrifield, Waist gunner: Paul Carter, Waist gunner: Joe Barrett,Tail gunner: Henry Reher (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed Weiler, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 293. MARY KATHLEEN aka YANKEE POWERHOUSE II.

Service

Units

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Barrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, Drewry Fry Wofford Crew. 3 combat missions. ...

  • Richard Carrington

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #423231 'The Inferno. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Paul Carter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, D Wofford Crew. ...

  • John Dvorshak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, D Wofford Crew. 3 combat missions. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-3230 'Mary Kathleen'. Prisoner of War. MACR 293

  • George Kyriakopoulos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, D Wofford Crew (as KYRIAKOPOULOUS). 3 combat missions. ...

  • Malcolm MacDonald

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, Drewry Fry Wofford Crew. 3 combat missions. ...

  • Morris Merrifield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, Drewry Fry Wofford Crew. 3 combat missions. ...

  • Robert Palton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3230 'Mary Kathleen', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Parkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-3231 'The Inferno', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Pelton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 545th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #48 dated 13 July 1943, D Wofford Crew. 3 combat missions. ...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

Places

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne AAF, Wyoming 3 April 1943
Assigned Grafton Underwood Airfield, UK 29 May 1943

384BG
545BS

Failed to Return (FTR) Weiler, Germany 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2020 20:33:45 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events and mission associations
Sources

https://photos.384thbombgroup.com/picture.php?/20915/category/F42-3230

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 293 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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