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42-29768

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gulfport 31/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-G] Alconbury 9/4/43 WINSOME WINN; Framlingham 12/5/43; 4m, battle damaged Lorient 17/5/43 with W. Thomas; crash landed Southern UK, (10 Returned to Duty); The aircraft was repaired and transferred to the 547BS/384BG [SO-X] Grafton Underwood 28/6/43; Missing in Action on a mission to Solingen, Germany, 1 December 1943 with Pilot-Darwin George Nelson, Co-pilot-Elmer Leroy Smith, Navigator-T/Sgt Joseph Horatio Harrison, Bombardier-Sam Ellis Drake, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Vincent Gregorich, Ball Turret Gunner-John Harvey Turner, Waist Gunner-Antonio C. Gomez Jr., Waist Gunner-Francis Marvin Seager (8POW); The Radio Operator-Curtis Easley and Tail Gunner-Albert Brewer evaded capture;. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near Solingen, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) #1336. Aircraft Name: WINSOME WINN II

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 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...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Baggs

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Flew with the 384th BG from March '43 to November '44. He was recalled into service during the Korean War and reached the rank of Lt. Col. Flew 28 missions. ...

  • Albert Brewer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4229768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Evaded.

  • Sam Drake

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4229768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Curtis Easley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4229768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Evaded.

  • Antonio Gomez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 42-29768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Did evacuate the ship around Boeschepe (Northern France). Was captured by the Germans at an unkwown date. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Vincent Gregorich

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4229768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Joseph Harrison

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4229768 'Winsome Wynn II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Darwin Nelson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1336

  • Francis Seager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4229768 'Winsome Wynn II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Elmer Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29768 'Winsome Winn II. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1336. POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Combat damage Southern England, UK 17 May 1943

Battle damaged Lorient 17/5/43. Crash landed Southern UK. Pilot Lt W Thomas.

Crashed Solingen, Germany 1 December 1943 – 1 December 1943

Missing in Action on a mission to Solingen, Germany, 1 Dec 1943. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed near Solingen, Germany. (8 x POW, 2 x EVD) Missing Air Crew Report MACR 1336.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 20:18:53 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 21:41:46 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?AircraftK...
MACR 1336

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1336 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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