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42-29914

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Baer Fd 10/4/43; Smoky Hill 13/4/43; Dow Fd 18/4/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Grafton Underwood 24/4/43 MISCHIEF MAKER; Andrews Field 13/5/43; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-H] Grafton Underwood 14/8/43; Missing in Action Andre-de-Leuve, Fr. 3/9/43 with Justin Ralph Jones, Co-pilot: Edward Joseph McManus, Navigator: Harold Dan Peters, Bombardier: Charles John Wolfrom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Aloysius Bruno Shemanski, Radio Operator: John Vincent Reilly, Ball turret gunner: Ernest Earl Kuhl, Waist gunner: Linsfield Burks Smith, Waist gunner: Franklin Carl Hitzeroth,Tail gunner: Francis Leith (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, ditched Channel, 10 miles off Le Havre, Fr. Missing Air Crew Report 743.

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...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Franklin Hitzeroth

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29914. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #743

  • Justin Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42 29914. Prisoner of War (POW) Missing Air Crew Report #743

  • Ernest Kuhl

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29914. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #773.

  • Francis Leith

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229914. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edward Manus

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Harold Peters

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229914. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Reilly

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229914. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Aloysius Shemanski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229914. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Linsfield Smith

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 42-29914. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Wolfrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 3 September 1943 in B-17 #4229914. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...

Places

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) English Channel 3 September 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2017 08:55:50 bombercommand Changes to description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?AircraftK...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 743 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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