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43-38044

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 19/6/44; Kearney 29/6/44; Dow Fd 13/7/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-L] Bassingbourn 13/7/44; transferred 837BS/487BG [4F-D] Lavenham 14/7/44; Missing in Action Chemnitz 6/2/45 with Cecil Parker, Tom Floyd, Leroy Enders, Floyd Pointon, Bob Burrow, Don Rowe, George Domotrovich, Gene Endress (8 Prisoner of War); Vernon Winton (Killed in Action); flak, crashed Tripitz, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 12239. PICCADILLY LILLEY.

Service

Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Burrow

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Tripitz on 2/6/45 in B-17G #43-38044 'Picadilly Lilly'

  • Frank Casey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17G #43-38044 'Piccadilly Lilley'. ...

  • James Cavallero

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    30 missions from 8 May to 11 August 1944. Flew several missions in 'Green Hornet. ' Also flew on B-17G #44-8563 'Picadilly Lilley'. ...

  • David Dahlberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    David B. Dahlberg, T/Sgt., B-17G (& B-24) Flight Engineer & Top Turret Gunner, U.S. Army Air Forces, Eighth Air Force, 487th Bomb Group (H), 837th Squadron, ("Picadilly Lilley", #43-38044 and others) Station 137, Lavenham Airbase, Suffolk, UK. Flew 35...

  • George Domitrovich

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Tripitz on 6 Feb 1945 in B-17 'Picadilly Lilly' #43-38044

  • Roy Emery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Nose Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    B-17G #43-38044 'Picadilly Lilley'.

  • Leroy Enders

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Tripitz on 2/6/45 in B-17 'Picadilly Lilly' #43-38044

  • Eugene Endres

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Tripitz on 2/6/45 in B-17 'Picadilly Lilly' #43-38044

  • Thomas Floyd

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    11 missions from November 1944 to February 1945. Shot down over Chemnitz 6 February 1945. Prisoner of War (POW). Plane was 'Picadilly Lilly' #43-38044 B-17 ...

  • Robert Keen

    Military | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    B-17G #43-38044 'Picadilly Lilley'.

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Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 6 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2014 12:04:30 Georgia Changes to markings
Sources

Millard Greer
109 Ellen Hand Circle
Cedartown,Georgia 30125

Date Contributor Update
08 October 2014 12:01:09 Georgia Changes to place associations and media associations
Sources

Millard Greer
109 Ellen Hand Circle
Cedartown,Georgia 30125

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2014 14:05:14 Lucy May Changes to nicknames and description
Sources

Amended aircraft nickname to Piccadilly Lilley. Source: http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/Picadilly_Lilley.shtml

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12239 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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