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42-31058

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 28/2/44 with Austin Rinne, Co-pilot: Francis Bornhorst, Navigator: Bill Trees, Bombardier: John Aegeter, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leroy Jones, Radio Operator: Tom Edwards, Ball turret gunner: Jim Hickey, Waist gunner: Bill Page, Waist gunner: Bob Cooper (9 Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Chas Regan (KIA-chute failed); mech. problems, crashed Forges-les-Laux, E of Dieppe, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 2937. LIBERTY RUN.

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

  • John Aegeter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Francis Bornhorst

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, France due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, France area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War Missing Air Crew Report 2937

  • Robert Cooper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. MACR 2937. Evaded. Escape and Evasion Report #1138.

  • Thomas Edwards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • James Hickey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Leroy Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Page

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Regan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Austin Rinne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • William Trees

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crashed E of Envereu, FR due to mechanical problems on a mission to V-sites in the Pa-de-Calais, FR area on 28 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31058 'Liberty Run'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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) France 28 February 1944

Revisions

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2937 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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