With 3 of 4 engines damaged on a mission to Oberpfaffenholen, GR on 18 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37793 'Spirit Of Winsome Winn II' headed towards Switzerland, crash landed on fire on the Swiss side of Lake Constance. All 10 crew survived. P.O.Ws for 11 plus months. Returned to allied control in February 1945. Retired from service 31 July 1970.
Cuban Missle Crisis
AM/ AF Commendation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 1 battle star/ WW II VM/ ACM/ DFC
Military | Sergeant | Flexible Gunner, Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
Assigned to the 384th BG 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #39 dated 27 February 1944, Jack N. McKinney Crew. 33 combat missions.
Wounded on 8th AF mission #361, 22 May 1944.
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.
Units served with
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 30/8/43; Scott 17/9/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-X] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; on return from ops force landed at London Rd, Brighton, Sx, UK 8/2/44 with Norman De Frees, crew unknown (10 Returned to Duty); Missing in Action...
18 March 1944
The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...
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...
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