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42-107057

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 11/4/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 25/9/44 with Noel Plowman, Co-pilot: Larry Ferguson, Navigator: Ed Cheresnik, Bombardier: Carl Hart, Radio Operator: Gordon Maxa (5 Killed in Action); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Cameron, Ball turret gunner: Armando Oliva, Waist gunner: Frank Anderson,Tail gunner: Ken Lentz (4 Prisoner of War); flak KO’d tailplane just after bombs away, crashed Bad Soden, W of Frankfurt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 9414. SPIRIT OF '96.

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

  • Frank Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Wiesbaden on 9/25/44 in B-17 'Spirit of '96' #42107057

  • Robert Bickford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation specialty 756-Radio Operator/Mechanic | 384th Bomb Group
    Robert Bickford served as radio operator with the 546th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Grafton Underwood, England.

  • Robert Cameron

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 42-107057 BK-T, Spirit of "96" on 25 September 1944. POW, Missing Air Crew Report #9414.

  • Edward Cheresnik

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator, Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' #42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Lawrence Ferguson

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • George Grady

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Mayen on 10/11/44 in B-17 'Hell On Wheels' #42-97948. MACR 9479

  • Carl Hart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Eugene Hassing

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Lentz

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Wiesbaden on 9/25/44 in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414.

  • Gordon Maxa

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Wiesbaden in B-17 'Spirit of '96' 42-107057, MACR 9414

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Missions

  • 644

    21 September 1944

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 25 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 00:06:06 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 9414 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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