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42-31488

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/11/43; Gt Falls 11/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Dale Peterson, Co-pilot: George Morse, Navigator: Harley Honeberger, Bombardier: Bob Greed, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Delivered Giorno, Radio Operator: John Kuntz, Ball turret gunner: Art Newell, Waist gunner: Joe Jay,Tail gunner: Howard Kneese (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Frank Bailey (KIS-actually died of exhaustion near Neubrandenburg 27/4/45 while marching from the Russian advance); enemy aircraft, crashed Teglingen Sluice, two miles SE of Meppen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2911. SHADE RUFF.

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Bailey

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    After falling out of formation and then being attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31488 'Shade Ruff' crashed SE of Meppen, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). Died during a forced...

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • Robert Giorno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Greed

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group

  • Harley Honeberger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Joseph Jay

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    After falling out of formation and then being attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31488 'Shade Ruff' crashed SE of meppen, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Frank Keeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kehoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kinsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Robert Sylvester Kinsey Born April 1 1924 in Oklahoma's Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy Oklahoma to Robert S. Kinsey and Olive Forsythe. His father worked for the Train Company in the Oil Fields. Later moved to Atchison Kansas were he married his...

  • Howard Kneese

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    After falling out of formation and then being attacked by fighters on the return from a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31488 'Shade Ruff' crashed SE of meppen, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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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
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 8 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:32:33 Shade Ruff Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

1) Service member's personal confirmation as he was an original crew member on this aircraft and 2) 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association's web site: 401bg.org

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2911 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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