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43-37717

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/5/44; Kearney 25/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-S] Station 106, Grafton Underwood 3/6/44; detailed Merseburg 20/7/44 with Jack L. Liebert , Navigator: Warren F. May Jr. (Killed in Action); battle damaged Koblenz 5/1/45 with William G. Starr; force landed continent; repaired & returned to the 384th Bomb Group 22/3/45; transferred with group to Istres, France on passenger transport duties; Salvaged 9AF Germany 18 February 1946. THE PRO-KID.

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

  • Lorenzo Abrusci

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 24 July 1944, Richard G. Wismer Crew. 33 combat missions.

  • John Burke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #190 dated 26 September 1944, George W. Holmes Crew. 35 combat missions.

  • Walter Bush

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • Harold Bussey

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Cogan

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Graydon Fletcher

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • Menceslaus Gerlach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 30 November 1944 in B-17 44-8409. Killed in Action. MACR# 11128 Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #190 dated 26 September 1944, G Holmes Crew.

  • Jack Haas

    Military | 384th Bomb Group

  • William Harshman

    Military | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Clyde Hensley

    Military | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • 519

    5 August 1944

  • 533

    9 August 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

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...

  • Istres, France

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2016 10:40:57 jgsmit4 Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

jgsmit4@gmail.com - grandson of Richard Glen Wismer

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2015 18:36:16 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, place associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 44-10-10-521 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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