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42-102501

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Gr Island 11/4/44; Dowe Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-H] Grafton Underwood 12/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 3/2/45 with Robert Clax Long, Frederick Arnold Maki, Jack Coleman Cook (3 Killed in Action); Ralph John Vrana, Edward Field, Marvin Irving Rudolph, Howard Jasper Oglesby, Thomas Arnold Davis, Donald Ramsey Duncan (6RTD; flak, ditched in the North Sea; THE CHALLENGER.

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

People

  • Harold Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Charles Beckham

    Military | Sergeant | Ball turret gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Edward Bullitt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Jack Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed into North Sea in Plane 'The Challenger #42-102501. He used his legs to act as a propeller to get the raft with most of crew moved over to the one with the pilot in it. However before the British rescued them he died. Through his efforts he...

  • Thomas Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD - ditched into North Sea on 3 FEb 45 in B-17 'The Challenger' 42-102501

  • Edwin Dexter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 16 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Donald Duncan

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    RTD Ditched into North Sea on 3 Feb 45 in B-17 'The Challenger ' 42-102501

  • Lawrence Dunn

    Military | Sergeant | Flexible Gunner, Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 547th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #39 dated 27 February 1944, Jack N. McKinney Crew. 33 combat missions. Wounded on 8th AF mission #361, 22 May 1944.

  • Richard Eide

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 384th Bomb Group on 16 May 1944, completed 10 Missions with 384th Bomb Group before transferring to 305th Bomb Group on 26 June 1944.

  • Edward Field

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Edward Field served as a navigator with the 384th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Grafton Underwood. On 3 February 1945, he was flying in B-17 'The Challenger' #42-102501 when the pilots were forced to ditch it in the North Sea. Field was one of six...

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Missions

  • 545

    12 August 1944

  • 590

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord.

  • 652

    28 September 1944

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 817

    3 February 1945

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) Over Water (OW) North Sea 3 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2018 11:15:40 DylanHearn Changes to mission associations
Sources

384thBombGroup.com

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 20:30:54 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15315 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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