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42-107043

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 4/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] 21 combat missions; Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Taxi accident while waiting to take-off for Equihen, France 2/6/44 with Larry Fitchett, Co-pilot: Bruce Campbell, Navigator: Lawrence Pfeiffer, Bombardier: Louis Sanchez, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bert Parsloe, Radio Operator: Max Bergener, Ball turret gunner: Louis Sassi, Waist gunner: Ralph Hannsbury, Waist gunner: Harry Kelsen, Tail gunner: Bob Kerr (10 Returned to Duty); was hit and damaged in tail by ship behind #43-37511 when taxiing; Salvaged 2 SAD 24/6/44. FITCH'S BANDWAGON.

Service

Aircraft

  • 43-37511

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/4/44; Kearney 5/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-G] Deenethorpe 23/5/44; 614BS [IW-Y], 615BS [IY-L]; Missing in Action Merseburg 24/8/44 with Melvin Fish, Navigator: Gene Cramer, Bombardier: Ken Lucas, Flight...

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. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot

People

  • Richard Barnett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 11 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102580. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5307. Awards: PH

  • Max Bergener

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on "Fitch's Bandwagon" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1944: 17 heavy bombardment missions to enemy-occupied Europe with not a turn-back due to mechanical difficulties.

  • Bruce Campbell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on "Fitch's Bandwagon" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1944: 17 heavy bombardment missions to enemy-occupied Europe with not a turn-back due to mechanical difficulties.

  • Lawrence Fitchett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on "Fitch's Bandwagon" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1944: 17 heavy bombardment missions to enemy-occupied Europe with not a turn-back due to mechanical difficulties.

  • Ralph Hannabury

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on "Fitch's Bandwagon" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1944: 17 heavy bombardment missions to enemy-occupied Europe with not a turn-back due to mechanical difficulties.

  • Walter Keith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Close call 5-Dec-43 AC B-1742-39825 'Zenobia El Elephante 2' stalled and exploded on ground 20 minutes later. Crew had escaped and villagers warned so no civilian casualties and crew returned. 13 x combat missions....

  • Harold Kelsen

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31202 turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 9 Mar 1944 and the a/c ran off the runway upon landing. RTD. ...

  • Robert Kerr

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31202 turned back at mid-channel on an operational mission on 9 Mar 1944 and the a/c ran off the runway upon landing. RTD. Flew on ""Fitch's Bandwagon"" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1"

  • Bertram Parsloe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on "Fitch's Bandwagon" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1944: 17 heavy bombardment missions to enemy-occupied Europe with not a turn-back due to mechanical difficulties.

  • Lawrence Pfeiffer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew on "Fitch's Bandwagon" and the plane's record, as of 31 May 1944: 17 heavy bombardment missions to enemy-occupied Europe with not a turn-back due to mechanical difficulties.

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Places

  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, California 4 February 1944

Douglas Aircraft Company

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, UK 23 March 1944

401 BG
613 BS
IN-B

Crashed Deenethorpe, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17, UK 2 June 1944

Problem on take off for Equihen, France 2/6/44. Was hit and damaged in tail by ship behind [43-37511] when taxying. [10 x RTD]

Salvaged Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 24 June 1944

Salvaged to 2 Strategic Air Depot 24/6/44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 20:40:27 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 22:18:14 terveurn Changes to description and events
Sources

From 401st Bg records

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2019 20:08:45 terveurn Changes to description and events
Sources

AAF accident report 44-6-2-521
42-107043 aircraft record card

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2019 18:14:59 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and events
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_16.html

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2016 18:20:13 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://www.thevintagenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/11900017_10204...

Date Contributor Update
07 January 2016 17:52:47 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
https://www.thevintagenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/11900017_10204...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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