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42-30139

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered to Cheyenne 15/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Sioux City 30/4/43; Kearney 6/5/43; Tinker 22/5/43; Kearney 26/5/43; Dow Fd 29/5/43; Assigned 545Bomb Squadron/384Bomb Group [JD-O] Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 14 June 1943; Missing in Action on a mission to Schweinfurt 17 August 1943 with Oliver Sweningsen, Co-pilot: Carlos P. Stewart, Navigator: Robert M. Koening, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wallace B. Dawson, Radio Operator: Joseph S. Barta, Ball turret gunner: Leon Svirsky, Waist gunner: Alfred Meyer,Tail gunner: Charles F. Tate Jr. (8 Prisoner of War), Bombardier: Victor T. Kelly, Waist gunner: Richard S. Grover (2 Killed in Action); flak & enemy aircraft, crashed at Stangenroth, six miles Northwest of Bad Kissingen, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 294. SNUFFY.

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

People

  • Joseph Barta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30139 'Snuffy'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wallace Dawson

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Grover

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Victor Kelly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Koenig

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carlos Stewart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leon Svirsky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4230139 'Snuffy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Oliver Sweningsen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 Dated 25 July 1943, as Crew Pilot. 3 combat missions. ...

  • Charles Tate

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 42-30139 'Snuffy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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 17 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2015 22:23:59 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup,com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 294 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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