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42-29700

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; 94BG Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-O] Bassingbourn 17/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 545th Bomb Squadron/384th Bomb Group [JD-E] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 12 July 1943; Missing in Action Kiel 29 July 1943 with James R. Roberts, Co-pilot: Paul Pate Gordy, Navigator: Richard P. Sherrer, Bombardier: Thomas F. Cawley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul L. Overbaugh, Radio Operator: Robert P. Goldman, Waist gunner: Howard F. Avery (7 Prisoner of War); Ball turret gunner: Chester E. Conover, Waist gunner: Joseph P. Williams,Tail gunner: Robert J. Quaranta (3 Killed in Action); loss details ?, crashed at Kaltoft, near Schwelsig, Germany, No MACR. JIMMY BOY.

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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Howard Avery

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #42-29700 which crashed near Schleswig. Prisoner of War (POW). Original crew #8 No MACR found.

  • Thomas Cawley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) crashed on 29 July 43 in B-17 42-29700 on mission to Kiel Germany.

  • Chester Conover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on mission to Kiel, Germany in B-17 42-29700. PH

  • Robert Goldman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) - crashed on 29 July 43 in B-17 42-29700 on mission to Kiel, Germany. No MACR found.

  • Paul Gordy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War. Shot down on 29 July 43 in B-17 42-29700 on mission to Kiel, Germany. No Missing Air Crew Report has been located for this loss.

  • Paul Overbaugh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Orginal Crew #8. Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 42-29700 which crashed near Schleswig. Prisoner of War (POW). No MACR found

  • Robert Quaranta

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed on 29 July 43 in B-17 #42-29700 on mission to Kiel, Germany. No MACR found.

  • James Roberts

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 42-29700 which crashed near Schleswig. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Richard Sherrer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 42-29700 on 29 July 1943. POW.

  • Joseph Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) crashed on 29 July 43 while on mission to Kiel Germany in B-17 42-29700, NO MACR

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • 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

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 March 2015 13:48:52 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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