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42-107058

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 8/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Grenier 29/2/44; force landed Gr Island with Rich Buttorff 8/3/44; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD- ] Grafton Underwood 24/4/44; 546BS [BK-C]; detailed Hannover 5/8/44 with Frank Mead, Co-pilot: Tom Daniel, Navigator: Jerry Bryson (3 Returned to Duty), Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Joyce, Radio Operator: Alex Vennell, Ball turret gunner: John Treat, ng-Howard Dillon, Waist gunner: Harry Woods, Tail gunner: Vince Castiglione (6 Prisoner of War), they bailed out when hydraulic motor fire caused intense smoke in cockpit, rest in crew brought ship home;

Missing in Action Eisenbach 11/9/44 with Jim Chadwick, Co-pilot: Edgar Grantham, Bombardier: Bob Verbryka, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Virgil Brown, Radio Operator: Dave Liebmann, Ball turret gunner: Henry Schoonover, Waist gunner: Lou Marfield (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Leslie White, Tail gunner: Ken Klumpp (2 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Zechau, S of Liepzig, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 8903. WHITE ANGEL.

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

  • Francis Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 dated 24 March 1944, Charles F. Gowder Crew. 32 combat missions.

  • George Beaugh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 546th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 dated 24 March 1944, Charles F. Gowder Crew. 31 combat missions.

  • 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.

  • James Brooks

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Wounded in B-17G #42-107058 on a mission to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, 24 April 1944.

  • Virgil Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42-107058 'White Angel'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • James Chadwick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42-107058 'White Angel', Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #8903

  • Vincent Fazio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17G #42-107058 on a mission to Oberfaffenhofen, Germany.

  • Charles Gowder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    2LT Charles F. Gowder, 384TH Bombardment Group, 546 Bombardment Squadron was awarded The Distinguished Service Cross for heroism on 24 April 1944. ...

  • 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

  • Edgar Grantham

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 September 1944 in B-17 #42-107058 'White Angel', Killed in Action (KIA). Plane hit by flak in bomb bay, bombs dropped, plane caught fire was seen to fall to about 18,000 ft and then disappeared from view. 10 Killed in Action (KIA), 2...

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Missions

  • 315

    24 April 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 5 August 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 11 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 20:16:55 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" (2 places) in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2015 18:07:12 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?AircraftK...

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7885 / MACR 8903 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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