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42-31495

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/11/43; Kearney 1/12/43; Romulus 9/12/43; Presque Is 16/12/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-R] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; Missing in Action Sottevast, France 8 May 1944 with James Foster, Co-pilot: Clifford Johnson, Navigator: Joseph Uniszkiewicz, NG-T/Sgt Robert Corpening, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: James Boone Jr, Radio Operator: Thomas Corbett, Ball turret gunner: Jimmy Overcash Jr, Waist gunner: John Stevens, Waist gunner: Thomas Cochran, Tail gunner: Sigmund Matican, observer : Major Russell Sanders545BS (11 Killed in Action); Flak, crashed Le Foyer, near Bricquebec, Manche Department, 10 miles S of Cherbourg, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 4561. WABBIT TWACKS.

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...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Anstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner, Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Wounded on B-17 42-31495, 24 April 1944, 8th Air Force mission #315. 29 combat missions.

  • James Boone

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4231495 'Wabbit Twacks. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Thomas Cochran

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down on 8 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31495 'Wabbit Twacks.' Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #4561 PH

  • Donald Collins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation Specialty 612, Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Flew 12 missions with Crew #41 November 1943-April, 1944. Planes flown include 'Our Baby' returned to base with over 200 holes. Fell from the ball turret without a parachute over the Channel on an operational mission, 3 Feb 1944 in B-17 42-31495, ...

  • Thomas Corbett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4231495 'Wabbit Twacks. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert Corpening

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4231495 'Wabbit Twacks. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Robert DeMille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Robert E. DeMille was my Father. He flew 32 missions in B-17's from Grafton-Underwood (384th BG/ 544th BS) and Chelveston in England. He never wanted to speak very much of his wartime experiences. He wanted to come home after his obligatory 25...

  • James Foster

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4231495 'Wabbit Twacks. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Clifford Johnson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4231495 'Wabbit Twacks. '

  • Sigmund Matican

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down May 1944 in B-17 #4231495 'Wabbit Twacks. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

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Missions

  • 344

    8 May 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...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) France 8 May 1944

crashed near Bricquebec, Manche Department, 10 miles S of Cherbourg, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2018 12:38:17 ED-BB Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events and mission associations
Sources

Added Nickname and a/c letters
Added mission number
Completed crew member names in Biography

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4561 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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