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42-97478

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44.

Detailed Merseburg 11/9/44 with Garrett Filemyr, Co-pilot: Herb Claxton, Navigator: Ed Robinson, ng-David Tutwiler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Herb Shanks, Ball turret gunner: Bill Reynolds,Tail gunner: Malcolm Culver (7 Returned to Duty); Radio Operator: Jim Parkes, Waist gunner: Tom Campbell (2 POW-bailed out after flak hits between #1 and #2,) but aircraft limped home safely.

Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/12/45.

Shade Ruff #2

Service

Units

  • 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

  • Thomas Campbell

    Military | Corporal | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Herbert Claxton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down in Spain on 6/19/44 in B-17 Liberty Run #4231315 Interned

  • Malcolm Culver

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/19/44 in B-17 Liberty Run #4231315 INT

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • Garrett Filemyr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down in Spain in B-17 Liberty Run #42-31315, on 6/19/44 Interned

  • Frank Keeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kehoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Lee Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Navigator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Parkes

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Crashed in Spain on 6/19/44 in B-17 Liberty Run #42-31315. Interned then sent back to England and returned to his base and started instructing others on the use of the radio. He was then reassigned to a bomber and flew quite a few more missions then he...

  • Edward Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Right Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Missions

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

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...

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 28 November 1943
Assigned Glatton, Huntingdon PE28, UK 9 January 1944

457th BG

Assigned Deenethorpe, Corby NN17, UK 11 March 1944

401st BG
614th BS

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:29:51 Shade Ruff Changes to markings
Sources

Updated.

Date Contributor Update
30 July 2019 14:47:36 Shade Ruff Changes to description
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Corrected spelling.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2019 15:52:13 phil marchese Changes to nicknames
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Type in nickname corrected to #2.

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2016 00:54:12 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
24 June 2015 14:00:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to nicknames, description, person associations and mission associations
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Associated people from MACR 8921 - http://www.fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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