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42-5747

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 25/11/42; New Castle 27/12/42; Salina 3/1/43; Mobile 20/1/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG /43 BUCKET OF BOLTS; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-F] Chelveston 5/3/43; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-0] Ridgewell 22/8/43; `2+m` 547BS/384BG [SO-M] Grafton Underwood 5/10/43; 1BAD Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Nashville 14/6/44; with ? force landed TN 27/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 18/8/45. HANGAR QUEEN.

Service

Units

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Eugene Connor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombardier on William E Kopf Crew, flew 4 missions in October 1943. On 10 October his B-17 #42-29557 'Yankee Girl' struck the hanger at RAF Desford returning from a mission. ...

  • Norman DeFrees

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37924 crashed upon landing at Little Staughton on return from training mission on 9 Jan 1944. Right landing gear failed to lower. RTD. ...

  • Ivan Moody

    Military | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-37924 crashed upon landing at Little Staughton on return from training mission on 9 Jan 1944. Right landing gear failed to lower. RTD. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Wesel, GR on a mission to Oschersleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G ...

  • Lloyd Moore

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G 42-37924 crashed upon landing at Little Staughton on return from training mission on 9 Jan 1944. Right landing gear failed to lower. RTD. ...

  • Harvey Reid

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 11 Feb 1944, B-17G 42-39962 crashed near Dieppe, FR after the crew bailed out. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Charles Shipley

    Military | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Leland Smith

    Military | Passenger | 384th Bomb Group

  • Roger Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146, as crew pilot. 11 combat missions. ...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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...

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2021 02:53:38 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 43-11-30-519 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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