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42-37816

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Francis (Farris) Heffley, Navigator: Lou Carini, Radio Operator: Bill Shade, Waist gunner: Ralph Gatzman, Waist gunner: George Allen, Tail gunner: Glen E. Alfter (6 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Walter Mabe, Bombardier: John Betolatti, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam Deutsch, Ball turret gunner: Bob Bechtel (4 evaded capture); enemy aircraft KOd two engines before target, then by flak, crash landed Rambucourt, 12 miles NW of Toul, Fr; Missing Air Crew Report 3868. BIG STUPE V.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Glen Alfter

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 during Schweinfurt raid in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Wounded by shrapnel along with the pilot and navigator before crash landing at Rambucourt, France. Captured and incarcerated at Stalag Luft XVII B. Liberated May 1945....

  • George Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Bechtel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe.' Evaded, E&E Report #845.

  • John Betolatti

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Evaded.

  • Louis Carini

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Samuel Deutsch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Evaded.

  • Ralph Gatzman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Farris Heffley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Walter Mabe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Evaded.

  • William Shade

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 301

    13 April 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 13 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 19:41:49 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
Sources

Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 02:13:30 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

Added the coorect spelling of Mr. Heffley's first name in "( )".

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 01:55:14 jmoore43 Changes to description
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2015 01:38:54 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, markings, description, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3868 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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