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42-30040

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 20/5/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-B] Grafton Underwood 22/5/43 PICCADILLY COMMANDO; transferred 337BS/96BG [AW-A] Snetterton 6/7/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bob Harmeson, Radio Operator: Tollie Berry, Ball turret gunner: Jay Jolley, Waist gunner: Bill Howell, Waist gunner: Lester Knopp,Tail gunner: Bob Henry (6 Prisoner of War); Navigator: Vernon Clark, Bombardier: Chas Bronner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Dunning (3 evaded capture); Co-pilot: Chas Baer (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Avincourt, 12 miles N of St Dizier, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 837. WABBIT-TWACKS III.

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...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron
  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Charles Baer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #42-30040 'Wabbit-Twacks III', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Tollie Berry

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Bronner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Evaded.

  • Vernon Clark

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 42-30040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Evaded.

  • William Dunning

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Evaded.

  • Robert Harmeson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Crashed near Avincourt, France Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Henry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Was with French underground 7 mo. Captured on Spanish border. Held by Gestapo 3 mo. in France at Toulouse Prison and Freshes Prison in Paris. Was a...

  • William Howell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). 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...

  • Jay Jolley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 October 1943 returning from Schweinfurt, Germany, in B-17 #4230040 'Wabbit-Twacks III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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...

  • 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) Germany 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 21:02:16 bombercommand Changes to place associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 21:01:07 bombercommand Changes to nicknames and unit 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 837 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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