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42-3024

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron, squadron code SU-K, 384th Bombardment Group, Morrison Army Air Field, Florida on 13 March 1943, Moved to Grafton Underwood, Station 106, UK on 25 May 1943 and subsequently transferred to the 546th Bombardment Squadron, squadron code BK-K. Missing In Action (MIA) on a mission to Hamburg on 25 July 1943 with Pilot P. J. Ward, Navigator Robert Bederman, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner Bert Landrum Jr. (3 POW); Copilot Walter J. Mondo, Bombardier George J. Janciek, Radio Operator Frank Chiafari, Ball Turret Gunner Nicholas D. Ciamarra, Waist Gunner John L. Holmes, Waist Gunner John F. Jackson, Tail Gunner William C. Patton, 7 Killed In Action (KIA). This aircraft was shot down by flak and crashed at Neritz, four miles Southwest of Bad Oldesloe, Germany. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16117. Plane Name: ROYAL FLUSH.

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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron
  • 546th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Bederman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his second mission, 25 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3024 'Royal Flush' ...

  • Frank Chiafari

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #423024 'Royal Flush. ' Result unknown.

  • Nicholas Ciamarra

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his second mission, 25 July 1943 in B-17 #423024 'Royal Flush' ...

  • John Holmes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17 42-3024 BK-K, ROYAL FLUSH on 25 July 1943. Killed in Action, Missing Air Crew Report #16117.

  • John Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th BG 544th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #42 dated 4 July 1943, P J Ward Crew. 2 combat missions. ...

  • George Janicek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 42-3024 'Royal Flush'. Killed in action.

  • Bert Landrum

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #423024 'Royal Flush'. ...

  • Walter Mondo

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Copilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his second mission, 25 July 1943 in B-17 42-3204. Killed in Action (KIA)MACR# 16117 Asigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #42 dated 4 July 1943, P J Ward Crew.

  • William Patton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 July 1943 in B-17 #423024 'Royal Flush. ' Killed in Action.

  • P Ward

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on his second mission, 25 July 1943 in B-17 42-3024 'Royal Flush'. MACR# 16117 Prisoner of War. POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser)

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 76

    25 July 1943
    This mission was composed of three elements. The primary targets were the diesel engine works at Hamburg, Germany; the shipyards at Kiel, Germany and the aircraft industries at Warnemude, Germany, but weather frustrated the effort. The first element...

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
Crashed Hamburg, Germany 25 July 1943

Shot Down by flak

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2015 16:42:16 bombercommand Changes to description and media associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2015 03:13:11 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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