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42-30058

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/4/43; New castle 29/4/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-M] Grafton Underwood 17/6/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 26/6/43 with Joseph Rosio, Co-pilot: George W. Evans, Bombardier: Sidney Casden, Radio Operator: Lester Brown Jr, Ball turret gunner: John H. Houghton, Waist gunner: Anthony Frank Cucinotta,Tail gunner: Lee Lewis (7 evaded capture); Navigator: Leonard J. Fink, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Otho E. Masterson, Waist gunner: John H. Kuberski (3 Prisoner of War); crashed Guillerval, near Etampes, 30 miles S of Paris Fr. No MACR.

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

  • Lester Brown

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230058. Evaded.

  • Sidney Casden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier, Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230058. Evaded.

  • Anthony Cucinotta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30058. Evaded.

  • George Evans

    Military | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230058. Evaded.

  • Leonard Fink

    Military | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230058. Evaded.

  • John Houghton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 42-30058. Evaded.

  • John Kuberski

    Military | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230058. Evaded.

  • Lee Lewis

    Military | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230048 'Flak Dodger'. Plane hit by flak and fighers, plane crash landed in France.

  • Otho Masterson

    Military | Top Turret, Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #4230058. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Joseph Rosio

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 26 June 1943 in B-17 #42-30058 BK-M. Evaded. No Missing Air Crew Report has been located for this loss.

Missions

  • 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...

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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) 26 June 1943

Attacked by enemy aircraft; with #2 engine burning, five crewmembers bailed out; exploded in midair and crashed between Plessis-St-Benoist and Etampes, France, 30 miles south of Paris. No MACR.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2017 20:51:47 bombercommand Changes to description and events
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?AircraftK...
http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=73

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2017 01:08:56 bombercommand Changes to markings, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=4673

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / E&E 180 / E&E 355 / E&E 52 / E&E 53 / E&E 54 / E&E 55 / E&E 56 & 71 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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