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42-97204

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Grenier 13/3/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-K] Grafton Underwood 30/3/44; Missing in Action Gelsenkirchen 26/8/44 with Harry Rainey, Co-pilot: J.Z. Rowe, Navigator: Chas Francis, Bombardier: Walt Kendall, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Evans, Radio Operator: Don Sturdivant, Ball turret gunner: Dick Mosier, Waist gunner: John Thornhill (8 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Alf Knowlton (evaded capture);Tail gunner: Norman Gordon (KIA-shot in his chute); flak, crashed Scholtensbos, near Heerde, Hol; Missing Air Crew Report 8466. SKY LARK.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Kendall Daskey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jack Evans

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed At Gelsenkirchen on 8/26/44 in B-17 Skylark 42-97204

  • Lloyd Fisk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Kendall Daskey crew. 12 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Francis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Gelsenkirchen on 8/26/44 in B-17 Skylark 42-97204. POW

  • Norman Gordon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Gelsenkirchen in B-17 Skylark #4297204

  • Eldridge Huber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Verlyn Tollison crew. Flew as co-pilot to Kendall Daskey 12 x combat missions. Removed from flying duties. Transferred 8th AFRD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Jaworski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 547th BS on 6 June 1944, Robert Koch Crew, per squadron history (microfilm A0641-00226). 34 combat missions. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Keeney

    Military | Colonel | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Chas Majeske crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (5OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korean and Vietnam conflicts, rising to rank of Colonel.

  • Walter Kendall

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Crashed at Gelsenkirchen on 8/26/44 in B-17 Skylark 42-97204

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 26 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8466 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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