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42-102448

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 545Bomb Squadron/384Bomb Group, Squadron Code [JD-P] Grafton Underwood on 15/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Pilot James Andrew "Jim" Bouvier, Co-pilot: Robert Green, Navigator: Harry Gantert, Bombardier: Louis Silk, Radio Operator: Ralph Andrews, Ball turret gunner: William Neal, Waist gunner: Jack King, Waist gunner: John Jones,Tail gunner: Robert William Morgan (9 Prisoner of War); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Casimir Wagner (KIA - shot by ME109 on way down); enemy aircraft, crashed Stackelitz, nine miles NW of Coswig-Anhalt, 37 miles SW of Berlin, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4242.

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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Ralph Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    15 April 1944, Oberpfaffenhofen; Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102448, Berlin. 2nd Lt. James A. Bouvier, pilot. Plane hit by flak over Berlin. Plane finished off by Me109, 15km NNW of Coswig. Wounded in right thigh. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • James Bouvier

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #38 dated 26 February 1944, Gerard A. Heim Crew. ...

  • Harold Gantert

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17G 42-102448 on 26 April 1944. After bombs away, the ship was attacked by an Me-109, which made one pass from the tail; the left wing caught fire and the pilot dived into the clouds; more fighters attacked; aircraft crashed near...

  • Robert Green

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42102448. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42102448. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack King

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42102448. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Morgan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102448 JD-P, 'MEXICAN HAY RIDE'. Killed in Action. Missing Air Crew Report #4242

  • William Neal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42102448. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Louis Silk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42102448. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Casimer Wagner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-17 #42-102448, Killed in Action (KIA). PH

Missions

  • 327

    29 April 1944

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 29 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2015 23:06:44 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4242 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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