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43-39035

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 11/11/44; Dow Fd 3/12/44; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-F] Grafton Underwood 1/1/45; battle damaged Plauen, Ger 19/3/45 with Bob Griffin, crashed Reigate, Sry, UK; 9 KIA; Salvaged.

A memorial to the crew who were killed in this aircraft was unveiled at Reigate Hill on 19 March 2015.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Birney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Commanding Officer | 384th Bomb Group
    Bob Birney was assigned to the 547th Bomb Squadron on 5 February 1945 and completed 26 missions between 19 February 1945 and 20 April 1945.

  • Herbert Geller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Griffin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged Griffin to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Thomas Hickey

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • William Irons

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Donald Jeffrey

    Military | Sergeant | Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Carleton King

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Robert Owens crew. 36 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Manbeck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Robert Marshall

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer, Top Turret gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

  • Phillip Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Phillips was killed in action (KIA) on 19 March 1945. After returning from a bombing raid over industrial oil sites in Germany, poor weather over England encouraged the pilot to drop from formation, losing contact with the other aircraft of the group. ...

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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) Reigate Hill, Reigate, Surrey RH2, UK 19 March 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2015 11:39:21 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

GetSurrey news article about the unveiling of a memorial on 19 March 2015: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/american-second-world-war-cr...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45-03-19-521 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15404 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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