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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/11/43; Gr Island 10/12/43; Bangor 14/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton Underwood 6/1/44, 544BS [SU-U]; Missing in Action Bonn 4 March 1944 with Hollie R. Lovvorn, Navigator: John T. Kazmerski, Bombardier: Charles T. Fleenor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gerald E. Wilson, Radio Operator: James C. Schwartz, Ball turret gunner: Robert L. Miller, Tail gunner: Homer W. Taylor (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Francis J. Witt Jr ret UK 18/5/44, Waist gunner: Kenneth Leach, Waist gunner: Severino J. Fernandez both via Spain 1/6/44 (3 evaded capture); flak, crashed Hangest-sur-Somme, 11 miles NW of Amiens, France. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2739.



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb 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


  • David Barkhurst

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Severino Fernandez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed NW of Amiens, FR on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31606. Evaded. Returned to England by 1 Jun 1944.

  • Charles Fleenor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Charles T. Fleenor was the Navigator on B-17 42-31606, Mission# 247, 4 March 1944. The ship was low squadron lead and left formation at 1156 HRS right after bombs away going, apparently in good condition and under control, covered by friendly fighters;...

  • John Kazmerski

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Lench

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Hollie Lovvorn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Lt Hollie R. Lovvorn was piloting B-17G #42-37924 when it crashed upon landing at Little Staughton on return from a training mission on 9 January 1944. The right landing gear had failed to lower. Returned to duty. His Fortress B-17 #42-31606 was shot...

  • Robert Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed NW of Amiens, FR on a mission to Berlin on 4 Mar 1944 in B-17G 42-31606. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Schwarz

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    T/Sgt James Schwarz was Radio Operator on B-17 #42-31606 shot down on a mission to Berlin on 4 March 1944. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Homer Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Gerald Wilson

    Military | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

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  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Failed To Return 4 March 1944

crashed near Hangest-sur-Somme, France


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 00:32:16 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added the A/C nickname mentioned in several crew members "Summary bios".

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 00:17:24 jmoore43 Changes to description

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

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2018 14:49:15 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events and mission associations

MACR 2739

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:39 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2739 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database