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42-102394

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/44; Kearney 15/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-C] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Parker Finney, Co-pilot: Virgil Price, Navigator: Dale Scott, tog-Brown Bralley, Waist gunner: Burton Miller,Tail gunner: Bill Duling (6 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Woodrow Snyder, Radio Operator: Ed Smith, Ball turret gunner: Golden Hill (3 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft damaged ship before exploding, crashed Brockhofe, NE of Fassberg Afd, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8202. DOWN 'N GO.
From pilot's (Parker Finney) records: "On August 24, 1944, I was about ten minutes from the I.P. when we were jumped by 32 Fock-Wulfe fighters. They attacked from the rear in groups of three and damaged us heavily in mid-ship. My tail gunner, Sgt Duling, did advise me later on the ground that he had destroyed at least one of the Fock-Wulfes that blew up as it was approaching his tail. This was later confirmed for me by a fellow member of the 614th Bomb Squadron who was shot down months later and advised me that he had watched me go down and had seen the destruction of the one aircraft."

Service

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Brown Bralley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Left Waist Gunner; Nose Gunner, Togglier | 401st Bomb Group
    He flew on W. G. Rozzell's crew. Flew on B-17 'Rosie's Sweat Box'. Completed 31 missions from 30 May 1944 to 09 August 1944. Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B -17 Down N' Go #42102394. He was shot...

  • William Duling

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394 According to Parker Finney's records shot down one Fock-Wulf on the last mission before the crew had to bail out.

  • Parker Finney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go POW

  • Golden Hill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394

  • Burton Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394

  • Virgil Price

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 'Down N' Go' #42-102394

  • Dale Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator and bombadier | 401st Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe on 8/24/44 in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394 POW

  • Edward Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394

  • Woodrow Snyder

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner/ Engineer | 401st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Brockhoefe in B-17 Down N' Go #42102394 ...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force

    24 August 1944
    Down N Go participated in mission number 132 which was a bombing mission over Weimar.

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Merseburg

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Brockhöfe, 29565 Wriedel, Germany 24 August 1944 – 24 August 1944

Shot down by Fock-Wulfes. Listed as MIA over Merseburg.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2018 07:55:58 cfinney Changes to media associations
Sources

Crew on the Down n' Go when it was shot down Aug 1944

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 08:08:17 cfinney Changes to media associations
Sources

from my dad's files.

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 07:53:57 cfinney Changes to markings
Sources

from my dad's files.

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2018 07:51:04 cfinney Changes to media associations
Sources

From my dad's records about the aircraft. I do not have a picture. I am guessing that the uploaded drawing might have possibly been the same as the nose art on the aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:55:36 cfinney Changes to events
Sources

From Parker Finney's records.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:49:46 cfinney Changes to place associations
Sources

Listed as missing in action over Merseburg on Aug 24, 1944.

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 07:45:18 cfinney Changes to place associations
Sources

Assigned to Deenethorpe April 16, 1944.

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2017 03:25:31 cfinney Changes to description and events
Sources

From my father's (Parker Finney) records.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 05:23:32 cfinney Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

From Parker Finney's records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 8202 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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