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42-31394

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 526BS/379BG [LF-D] Kimbolton 20/1/44; transferred AFSC with Azon/Aphrodite (388BG) Knettishall 7/6/44; Missing in Action v-sites Watten, Fr; 6/8/44 with Lt J. Sollars & T/Sgt H. Graves (2 Returned to Duty); lost control and crashed off Suffolk coast.
'Mother' ship B-24J 44-40066.

Service

Aircraft

  • 44-40066 S.O.L.

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to the 492nd BG and flown overseas by the Handwright crew. Flew three missions with the 858th BS, 492nd BG and was then transferred to the 856th BS, thence to 753rd BS, 458th BG after being fitted for AZON delivery of Aphrodite...

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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Weldon Bledsoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Group Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Group bombardier. ETD. ...

  • Walter Crickmer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Andrew Dutch

    Military | Major | Group Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (3OLC), AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Fetterhoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Flew in B-17 42-31083 'Tenny Belle' for most of his missions. ETD ...

  • Joseph Glaser

    Military | Captain | Squadron Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Finished 30 missions and then volunteered for 3 more. Lead Bombardier on grapefruit mission (glide bomb) to Cologne, Germany 28-May-44. Earlier on Hamburg mission, 25-Jul-43, pilot Lt Carlisle killed, I then...

  • Hazen Graves

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Eng/Autopilot Eng | 447th Bomb Group
    Autopilot Engineer, command crew of B-17G 42-31394 on Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site Wattens, France. Baled out sucessfully over UK. 6-8-44.

  • Sterling May

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier/Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Served as a reserve crewmember on the following missions/position Mission 253: B-17 42-31394 Left Waist Gunner Mission 273: B-17 42-39800 Bombardier

  • Ole Nelson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Wernigeerode in B-17F 42-31028; Hit by flak, exploded in mid-air and crashed near Munster, Germany on 22-Feb-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2872

  • Louis Rohr

    Military | Colonel | Air Executive Officer | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD ...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 523

    6 August 1944

Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31, UK 6 July 1944

Taxiing accident Honington/Sta 375 Cat 3 damage, Pilot Capt John A Sollars, 6-7-44.

Crashed OffSuffolk Coast, UK 6 August 1944

Aphrodite mission to V1 missile site Watten, France. Command crew Lt John A Sollars & T/Sgt Hazen S Graves baled out successfully over UK. A/C lost control and crashed off Suffolk coast.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 14:58:40 TennyBelle Changes to production block number
Sources

block number sourced from multiple on-line databases.

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 23:42:17 TennyBelle Changes to nicknames and mission associations
Sources

379th BG database

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 13:32:46 Al_Skiff Changes to mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31394

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 12:08:44 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31394

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 17:39:17 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-31394

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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