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42-29935

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Cheyenne, Wyoming on 15 March 1943; Smoky Hill 26 March 1943; Dow Field, Maine on 10 April 1943; Andrews Field on 13 April 1943; Assigned to the 413th BS, 96th BG Grafton Underwood, Station 106 on 13 May 1943; Snetterton Heath, Station 138 on 12 June 1943; transferred to the 546TH Bombardment Squadron, squadron code BK-K, 384th Bombardment Group, Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 14 August 1943. Missing in Action on a mission to Bremen, Germany, 20 December 1943 with Pilot-James Frederick Carnes, Co-pilot-William Harold Parsons, Navigator-Robert John Pue, Bombardier-Jacob S. Kahn, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Mark August Meyer, Ball Turret Gunner-Frank Emmett Doss, Waist Gunner-William George Tragellas, Waist Gunner-Marvin Dewey McLain and Tail Gunner-Jerry Adrian Crow (9 Prisoners of War). The Radio Operator-Robert Odell Wetherbee was Killed in Action. This was the crew's first mission. The ship ran out of gas & ditched North Sea. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) #1725. Aircraft Name: THE CAT'S SASS aka PULMADIQUE

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

  • James Carnes

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935. Plane ditched in The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • Jerry Crow

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935. Plane ditched in The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • Frank Doss

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935. Plane ditched in The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • Jack Hunter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 384th Bomb Group
    Jack W. Hunter was assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 546th Bombardment Squadron while the 384th Bomb Group was being formed and trained at Wendover, Utah. When the 384th Group operated from Grafton Underwood, Station 106, UK, he was a Crew...

  • Jacob Kahn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935, 'CAT'S SASS'. Plane ditched in The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • Marvin McLain

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725 POW

  • Mark Meyer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935 'CAT'S SASS'. Plane ditched in The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • William Parsons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935. Plane ditched in The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • Robert Pue

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935, 'CAT'S SASS'. Plane ditched into The North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report #1725. POW

  • William Tragellas

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-29935, 'CAT'S SASS'. Plane ditched in the North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air crew Report #1725. POW

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 159

    20 December 1943
    The port area of Bremen is the target for 546 heavy bombers. The total includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG. All 12 of these are effective on the target and 11 are damaged. The bomber gunners of this element claim 1-1-0 (this total included with...

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 20 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2015 14:19:12 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1725 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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