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43-38588

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 1/9/44; Grenier 11/9/44; Assigned to the 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group [JD-F] Grafton Underwood on
1 October 1944; transferred to the 546th BS, squadron code [BK-D]. On 16 November 1944, During an administrative flight to Villacoublay Airfield, near Paris, France, weather closed in forcing a diversion to A-46 (Toussous le Noble). Through a misunderstanding, pilot landed on a runway that was closed to B-17 traffic. The right main gear sank into a filled bomb crater at the end of the landing roll, damaging portions of the right wing, engines, and propellers. There were no injuries to personnel. The ship was repaired and re-joined the 384th Bomb group as [BK-O]. Moved with the group to Istres Le Tube, France for Green Project (passenger duties); Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45. Aircraft Name: EILEEN'S KINDERGARTEN

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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters (384th Bomb Group)

People

  • Robert Chapin

    Military | Major | Navigator, 384th Group Navidgator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #126 dated 23 October 1943, Lloyd Horton Crew. Was appointed as Group Navigator and transferred to Group Headquarters - 39 combat missions.

  • Richard Crown

    Military | Major | MOS 1034 - Group Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #93 dated 11 September 1943, Louis E Ritt Crew. 36 combat missions. ...

  • Harold Ellis

    Military | Passenger | 384th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Hassing

    Military | Major | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Earl McDaniel crew. 35 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David Hayes

    Military | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Charles Hinojos

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Frank Mead crew. 35 combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Lependorf

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1034 - Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned from the 401st Bomb Group to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #59 dated 17 March 1945. 10 combat missions.

  • Arthur Rosenfield

    Military | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

  • Dale Smith

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer; pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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
24 May 2015 00:36:51 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 06:20:22 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 06:12:47 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description and place associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 44-11-16-534 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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