Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 24/5/44; sustained battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Joseph G. Hartness, Co-pilot: Herbert H. Schaaf, Navigator: Clarence C. Hightshoe, Bombardier: Maurice J. Simons, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lester A. Wolcott, Radio Operator: Stanley T. Burek, Ball turret gunner: Raymond O. Wisdahl, Waist gunner: Frank W. Rock, Tail gunner: Delmar J. Beesley (9 Returned to Duty); an engine was lost and electrical system, crash landed Moyeuvre-Grande, W of Thionville, France; crew returned to the UK by C-47s. The aircraft was salvaged.
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 on 23 March 1945.
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
See "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor, for a detailed biography.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
9 September 1944
A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.
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...
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