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42-31433

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/11/43; Kearney 15/11/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-V] Grafton Underwood 8/1/44; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Clarry Stearns, Navigator: Bob Hock, Bombardier: Don Ackerson, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Barkhurst, Radio Operator: Ed Hill, Ball turret gunner: Pierre Joseph, Waist gunner: Theo Corrigan, Waist gunner: John Robinson, Tail gunner: Warren Martell (9 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Joe Bedsole (KIA-had no chute when rest bailed); enemy aircraft before target, crashed Grossgumpen/Odenwald, near Lindenfels, 12 miles S of Darmstadt, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 3865. RUM POT II.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Donald Ackerson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot II' Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3867 POW Camp: Dulag Luft Gross tychow Dulag 12 POW

  • David Barkhurst

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3865 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Bedsole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Killed in Action (KIA). Did not have parachute on, said he would never become Prisoner of War (POW). Last man to bail out saw him sitting in co-pilot seat. DFC; Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Theodore Corrigan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Stearns crew. Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3865 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Hill

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Hock

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Pierre Joseph

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Warren Martell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Robinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Clarence Stearns

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 301

    13 April 1944

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) Germany 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2020 21:16:23 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 23:19:26 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2015 19:29:44 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3867 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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