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.
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...
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).
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.
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;...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
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...
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).
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).
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
Military | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group
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...
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...
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crashed near Hangest-sur-Somme, France