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41-24397

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; detailed mission to Meaulte, Fr 2/10/42; crash landed RAF Gatwick 2/10/42 with 1Lt. Charles W. Paine, Jr. Co-pilot: 1Lt Robert H. Long, Navigator: 2Lt John A. Thomson, Bombardier: 2Lt Stanley A. Komarik, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: H.M. Peterson Wounded in Action, Radio Operator: SSgt Walter G. Parcells, Ball turret gunner: Sgt A.N. Bouthillier, Waist gunner: Sgt Tom J. Coburn, Jr. Wounded in Action, Waist gunner: SSgt T.L.Sheeder, Tail gunner: SSgt B.T. Taucher Wounded in Action. Salvaged battle damaged. Nose cut off to release injured crewmen; 16 cannon holes, over 300 bullet holes plus flak damage. PHYLLIS.

Service

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Arthur Bouthillier

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • Tom Coburn

    Military | Sergeant | Utilities | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • Stanley Komerick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • Robert Long

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • Charles Paine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • Walter Parcels

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • H Peterson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • T Sheeder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • Ben Taucher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

  • John Thomson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 301st Bomb Group
    2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 13

    2 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 16:24:35 Lee8thbuff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014 "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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