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42-30033

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/5/43; Assigned to the 547BS/384BG [S0-G] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43, then the 546BS [BK-G]; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Maj Maurice Stanley Dillingham, Co-pilot: Edmund Samuel Goulder, Navigator: Arthur Claude Harris, Bombardier: William Boomhower, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Edward Arthur Thomasson, Radio Operator: William Francis Sears, Waist gunner: Paul Ralph Saunders, Waist gunner: Michael Joseph Vodilko,Tail gunner: LT Ernest Marshall Boyce Jr. (9 Prisoner of War), Ball turret gunner: Claude Robert Leslie (evaded capture); mechanical problems, crashed Prum, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report 1335. LITTLE AMERICA.

This aircraft was credited with 22 combat missions with the 384th.

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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron
  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Barkley

    Military | First Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 29 Feb 1944

  • Jerome Beaupre

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • David Black

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-29800 'Me and My Gal. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wilbourne Blount

    Military | Captain | Navigator on B-17 "Little America" | 384th Bomb Group
    W.E. "Bill" Blount was my Father. He was born in Slocomb, Alabama on July 1, 1915 and died December 7, 1972. I am extremely proud of my Dad and consider him to be a war hero. He served from Grafton-Underwood in the 384th Bomb Group in 1943 and...

  • Charles Bonnett

    Military | Captain | Group Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    •Flew to England with 384th Group Commander, Colonel Budd J. Peaslee, per Army Air Base Kearney Special Orders #96 dated 17 May 1943. ...

  • William Boomhower

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 #4230033 'Little America. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ernest Boyce

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 1 December 1943 in B-17 42-30033 'Little America. ' Prisoner of War. ...

  • William Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • George Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 384th Bomb Group

  • James Coughlin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 384th Bomb Group

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 75

    24 July 1943
    Three targets in Norway are the primary targets for this first mission flown by 8th AIr Force to Norway. They are the nitrate works at Heroya and the port areas at Trondheim and Bergen. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (22)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • 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 ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 91

    6 September 1943
    This mission was planned as massive attack of 338 B-17s on the industrial areas of Stuttgart, Germany and would be supported by a formation of 69 B-24s flying a diversion. This would be the first action from the UK for the B-24 Groups that had recently...

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 1 December 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 19:40:50 mvandemark Changes to markings and description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 19:30:53 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
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http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 19:19:17 mvandemark Changes to unit associations, person associations and mission associations
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http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 19:15:29 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
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http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 19:07:53 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 19:03:33 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
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http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 18:58:20 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
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http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 18:54:12 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey...

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 18:51:08 mvandemark Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=4

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 18:46:11 mvandemark Changes to person associations
Sources

Corrected error in connecction

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 22:10:33 bombercommand Changes to media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 22:09:16 bombercommand Changes to place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2015 22:07:43 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 1335 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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