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43-38801

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 21/9/44; Grenier 2/10/44; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-M] Grafton Underwood 28/10/44; mechanical malfunction with Bob Fisher 1/1/45; Missing in Action Leipzig 6/4/45 with Dave Hastings, Dominic Martino, Thorston Johnson, Steve Gatto, Tom Weeks, Frank May (7 Killed in Action); Marlyn Bonecker (Prisoner of War); mid air coll, crashed Leipzig; Missing Air Crew Report 13851. RUTH.

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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ross Bass

    Military | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Marlyn Bonacker

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Marlyn was the sole survivor of a mid-air collision on his first mission on 6 April 1945. He went down over Leisnig after a mission to Leipzig, Germany. He became a Prisoner of War (POW) escapee. ...

  • Roy Denney

    Military | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed at Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 #4338850

  • William Doheny

    Military | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Jack Ferrell

    Military | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Robert Fisher

    Military | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Stephen Gatto

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Leipzig in B-17 'Ruth' #4338801

  • David Hastings

    Military | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Leipzig in B-17 'Ruth' #4338801

  • Thorston Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Leipzig in B-17 'Ruth' #4338801

  • Albert Maffei

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) - crashed at Kleve on 22 Jan 45 in B-17 43-38850.

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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 6 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45-01-01-524 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13851 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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