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42-31034

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike Lefkin (3 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Doug McKinnon, Navigator: Lloyd Nutter, Bombardier: Tom Montgomery, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Francis Russell, Radio Operator: Bob Andrus, Ball turret gunner: John Womble, Waist gunner: Alf Morini (7 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Krensitz, nine miles NE of Leipzig, Ger; MACR 5309. BONNIE DONNIE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • George Bingham

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat mission. ETD ...

  • Donald Currie

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Two missions after "The Bonnie Donnie" belly landed (Frankfurt mission) and a flak attack over Cologne had damaged the landing gear, Pilot Currie jettisoned his ball turret prior to landing on her belly. Getting rid of the ball turret

  • Michael Lefkin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Donald McCree

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Commanding Officer | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. B-17 pilot, flew 42 missions and became commander of 612th Bomb Squadron. Awards: SS, DFC (OLC), AM (7OLC), Croix de Guerre, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Douglas McKinnon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Alfred Morini

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW 'scared one away' (a FW)

  • Lloyd Nutter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Francis Russell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Missions

  • 376

    28 May 1944

Places

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered DFW International Airport (DFW), 2400 Aviation Drive North, DFW Airport, TX 75261, USA 8 September 1943

Delivered Dallas AAF 8-Sep-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 8 November 1943

Assigned 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF 8-Nov-43.

Crashed Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 4 March 1944

Belly Landing Deenethorpe/Sta 128 Cat 4 damage Lt Donald A Currie, 4-Mar-44.

B-17G 42-31034 - 612BS 401BG 8AF

Crashed Krensitz, 04509 Krostitz, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Cologne 28/5/44 flak, crashed Krensitz, nine miles NE of Leipzig; 7 x POW, 3 x KIA MACR 5309.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 05:19:12 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space to the A/C “Description” for readability.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2017 09:28:15 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-31034&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28635565
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31034&Submit4=Go

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2016 22:24:08 Yorkshireman Changes to nicknames
Sources

Hutchinson & Cortright

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 5309 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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