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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Casper 1/4/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-H] Bassingbourn 20/4/43; Earls Colne 12/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-J] Grafton Underwood 12/7/43; On return from the first Schweinfurt mission, 17 August 1943, with battle damage from enemy aircraft, the ship crash landed at Grafton Underwood with Pilot-Randolph G. E. Jacobs, Co-pilot-Eugene A. Boger, Navigator-John Quinn Curtin, Bombardier-James Edward Seibel, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Aldo J. Gregori, Radio Operator-Doy J. Cloud, Ball Turret Gunner-Thomas Joseph Vezina, Tail Gunner-Robert L. Compton, Waist Gunner-Jack Keith Goetz and Waist Gunner Lawrence C. Wager (10 Returned to Duty). The aircraft was salvaged. Aircraft Name: EL RAUNCHO



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Compton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 December 1943 in B-17 42-31274 'Sea Hag. ' Returned to base. ...

  • John Curtin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Ditched 30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31274 'Sea Hag.' Rescued and returned to base. Shot down on 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31211. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1768 POW

  • Jack Goetz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    30 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31274 'Sea Hag': 15 minutes over France, the #1 prop ran away, threw chunks of cowling, and caught on fire; they ditched in the Channel at 1125 hrs; nine crewmembers were picked up and returned to base, one crewmember...

  • Randolph Jacobs

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Randolph G. E. Jacobs completed a 25 mission combat tour and volunteered to fly five additional missions. He was Killed in Action on his first additional mission.


  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


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Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 20:20:12 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log