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42-31166

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/9/43; MAT COM Wright Fd 10/10/43; Langley 6/12/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG [PC-K] fitted with Oboe Mk II radar Alconbury 22/11/43; transferred 545BS/384BG [JD-Z] Grafton Underwood 5/2/44; t/o as spare for a mission, but mechanical problems arrived and crash landed near Nuthampstead A/fd 24/3/44 with Scott Briley, Co-pilot: Jim Dent, Navigator: Leon Dubin, Bombardier: Joe Petrush, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elvie Rodden, Radio Operator: Henry Watson, Ball turret gunner: Saul Schelberg, Waist gunner: Albt Krizner, Waist gunner: Howard LeConey,Tail gunner: Edwin Fulkerson (10 Returned to Duty); Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton. MISS BILLIE JR.

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
  • 813th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Scott Briley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters and the pilot injured and several fires on board on mission to Brunswick on 30 Jan 1944, B-17G 42-31415 . Returned with the fires extinguished but five of the crew had baled out over Germany. RTD. Awarded The Silver Star. ...

  • James Dent

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231048....

  • Leonard Dubin

    Military | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD.

  • Edwin Fulkerson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #4231048....

  • Albert Krizner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD. ...

  • Howard LeConey

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31048....

  • Joseph Petrush

    Military | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD.

  • Elvie Rodden

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead, RTD. ...

  • Saul Schelberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD. ...

  • Henry Watson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-31166 'Miss Billie Jr' lost two engines after takeoff as the spare for an operational mission on 24 Mar 1944 and was forced to make a wheels up emergency landing in a field W of Nuthampstead. RTD. ...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • 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...

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

Events

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Revisions

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

AAIR 44-03-24-524 / Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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