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42-29557

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 9/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-O] Chelveston 10/2/43; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 20/9/43; battle damaged Munster 10/10/43, with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott, Navigator: Toscha massey, Bombardier: Gene Connor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ken Swift, Radio Operator: Herb Yeryar, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Smith, Waist gunner: Tony Perroni, Waist gunner: Leroy Bernard,Tail gunner: Elton Buddmeyer (10 Returned to Duty); crash landed RAF Desford, UK, hit hangar. Salvaged 29/10/43. YANKEE GAL.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leroy Bernard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/10/43 in B17#42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.

  • Elton Buddemeyer

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eugene Connor

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombardier on William E Kopf Crew, flew 4 missions in October 1943. On 10 October his B-17 #42-29557 'Yankee Girl' struck the hanger at RAF Desford returning from a mission. ...

  • Jack Edwards

    Military | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • L Fecteau

    Military | Radio Operator

  • Gene Foster

    Military | Sergeant | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Killed/ died on this date DFC, PH

  • Joseph Kane

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 25 Combat Missions out of England. One of two to return from Schweinfurt 14 October 1943. At times flew Group, Squadron and Wing Lead. Was in the Air Force for 10 yrs and 30 yrs as an airline pilot. Discharged from Travis AFB, 1950. ...

  • Bertram Kaplan

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • William Kopf

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-3216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/10/43 in B17 42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.

  • Manning Lawrence

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-37740. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 77

    26 July 1943
    The German rubber industry at Hannover, Germany and the U-Boat shipyards at Hamburg, Germany are the primary focus of this mission. In addition, a German ship convoy and targets of opportunity at Wilhelmshaven and Wesermunde are bombed. The first...

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...

  • 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...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 03:37:52 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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mission list

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 03:28:38 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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mission list

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 03:24:05 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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mission list

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2017 18:12:17 charlieb Changes to media associations
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photo's sent from internet

Date Contributor Update
07 May 2017 17:58:49 charlieb Changes to media associations
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INTERNET

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2017 01:32:24 charlieb Changes to person associations and mission associations
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mission logs 26/7/43

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2017 04:15:08 charlieb Changes to media associations
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nose art

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2017 02:58:44 charlieb Changes to mission associations
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mission logs

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 20:40:32 charlieb Changes to nicknames
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Get One A/C Group 8th af

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:22 AAM AAM ingest
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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