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44-8811

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/45; Hunter 16/1/45; Grenier 28/1/45; Assigned 600BS/398BG H2X [N8-C] Nuthampstead 30/3/45; battle damaged Halberstadt 8/4/45, tail shot away with tail gunner S/Sgt Wallace E Kasch, with Lts Dailey & Hahn and crash landed back at base [1 x KIA, 9 x RTD]; MACR 13869, Salvaged 10/4/45.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edgar Agnew

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group

  • Christian Clements

    Military | First Lieutenant | 398th Bomb Group

  • Edwin Daily

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Squadron Commander, Group Operations Officer | 398th Bomb Group
    Group commander 9 Feb 1945 for Altenbeken mission. Group commander on 27 Feb, 1945 Leipzig, Germany mission and 4 March, 1945 on Ulm, Germany mission. Group Commander on 14 March 1945 on Vlotho, and Osnabruk, Germany mission and 21 March 1945 on Rheine...

  • John Hahn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Derben mission 8-Apr-45 in B-17 44-8811 hit in tail by direct flak hit, skills of both pilots required to return the A/C to base for crash landing, directional control was by control of engines only.

  • Wallace Kasch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Derben Germany. A/C B-17G 44-8811 hit by flak over target, carrying most of the tail and the tail gunner (minus chute) away. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13869. ...

  • Norman Kogen

    Military | Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group

  • Robert Kuchta

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 398th Bomb Group
    Completed 25 missions, flew mostly with the crew of the 'Chippawa' Air Medal

  • John McFarlane

    Military | Sergeant | 398th Bomb Group

Places

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA December 1944
Delivered Bldg 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 3 January 1945

Cheyenne AAF
WY, USA

Assigned Nuthampstead, Royston SG8, UK 20 March 1945

Assigned 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF.

Battle damaged Halberstadt, Germany 8 April 1945

battle damaged Halberstadt 8/4/45, tail shot away with tail gunner S/Sgt Wallace E Kasch, with Lts Dailey & Hahn and crash landed back at base [1 x KIA, 9 x RTD. MACR 13869

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2017 14:57:10 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29432567

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 13869 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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