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B-17 Flying Fortress

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.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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


  • Delmar Beesley

    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.

  • Stanley Burek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Hartness

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co Pilot - Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Hassing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Hedrick

    Military | Sergeant | flexible gunner/ Togglier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Hightshoe

    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. ...

  • Frank Rock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Schaaf

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    29 missions Plane was 'Buckeye Belle' B-17 Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Clusterl, EAMEribbon , DFC, purple heart

  • Maurice Simons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lester Walcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

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  • 614

    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.


  • 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...


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27 October 2018 13:47:47 bombercommand Changes to person associations

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22 October 2018 11:00:56 DylanHearn Changes to nicknames

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28 February 2015 16:01:28 bombercommand Changes to markings, place associations, mission associations and media associations

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14 January 2015 00:29:25 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

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14 January 2015 00:27:31 bombercommand Changes to description

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27 September 2014 18:40:10 AAM AAM ingest

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