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42-31496

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/11/43; Kearney 27/11/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-Q] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 21/6/44 with Jack Atherton, Co-pilot: Don Awalt, Navigator: Dick Fitzmaurice, Bombardier: John Whelan, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Sonnhalter, Radio Operator: Jim Burg, Ball turret gunner: Dan Grunstad, Waist gunner: Jeral Smith, Waist gunner: Ron Cox,Tail gunner: Bill Gray (10 Prisoner of War); flak, bellied in Gruenewald, six miles NE of Nauen, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 6000. SALVO SADIE.

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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Andrus

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Jack Atherton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Gruenewald on 6/21/44 in B-17 42-31496 Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Donald Awalt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Gruenewald on 6/21/44 in B-17 42-31496. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • James Burg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group

  • Ronald Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Richard Fitzmaurice

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group

  • William Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Daniel Grunstad

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

  • Michael Lefkin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #4231034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Lloyd Nutter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 28 May 1944 in B-17 #4231034 'Bonnie Donnie. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

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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 21 June 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 16:12:16 ram957 Changes to media associations
Sources

Fold3

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2016 16:10:52 ram957 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Fold3

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 6000 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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