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42-29987

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 22/3/43; Cheyenne 31/3/43; Romulus 10/4/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-F] Chelveston 18/5/43; Transferred to the 547th Bombardment squadron, squadron code SO-Q, 384th Bombardment Group, station 106, Grafton Underwood on 19 September 1943. Missing in Action on a mission to Bremen, Germany on 26 November 1943 with Pilot-Leslie Otho Amundsen, Navigator-Frank Faragasso, Bombardier-Robert Vincent Coughlin, Radio Operator-Murray Max, Flexible Gunner-Howard, Frank Chairet , Co-pilot-William Theodore Marcollo, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Lawrence F. Lord, Ball Turret Gunner-James Michael Culloty, Waist Gunner Charles Emil Zesch and Tail Gunner-Cecil William Brown were all captured and became Prisoners of War (10 POW). Shot down by enemy aircraft and force landed near Donkerbroek, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) #1662.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leslie Amundson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1091 B-17 Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29987. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 1. MACR 1662

  • Cecil Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 4

  • Frank Chairet

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Coughlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft 1

  • James Culloty

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Frank Faragasso

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 1

  • Murray Howard

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Lawrence Lord

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • William Marcollo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft 1

  • Charles Zesch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4229987. Prisoner of War (POW)

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) Mediterranean Sea 26 November 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 22:41:21 bombercommand Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2015 22:36:53 bombercommand Changes to description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?AircraftK...
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=1001

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1662 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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