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42-37974

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 2/11/43; Kearney 14/11/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-O] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; also 545BS [JD-O] and 544BS [SU-M]; Missing in Action German oil inst. 20/7/44 with Pilot-Walter Edward Grant, Navigator-Benjamin Franklin Wells, togglier-Herbert Walton Zipfel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner-Thomas Chappell Farrow, Radio Operator-William Hiram Sexton, Ball turret gunner-Albert Clayton Fulwider Jr, Waist gunner-Raymond Joseph Jablonski (7 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Daniel Stanley Grabon, Tail gunner: Norbert Raymond Karcher (2 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Zetteritz, NW of Chemnitz, Germany; Missing Air Crew Report 7278. SECTION 8.

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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Allred

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Farrow

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 - Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974. Missing Air Crew Report #7278. POW

  • Albert Fulwider

    Military | Chief Master Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Clarry Stearns crew. 28 x combat missions. Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 20-Jul-44 in B-17 'Section 8' 42-37974 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7278 ...

  • Daniel Grabon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974

  • Walter Grant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974 POW

  • Raymond Jablonski

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974

  • Norbert Karcher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974

  • William Sexton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974 POW

  • Benjamin Wells

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974

  • Herbert Zipfel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 384th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Zetteritz on 7/20/44 in B-17 Section 8 #42-37974, Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Missions

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

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 21 January 1944 – 20 July 1944

21 January 1944. New Replacement Aircraft.
This aircraft was credited with 42 combat missions with the 384th Bombardment Group.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2020 02:23:21 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
02 January 2020 22:37:46 bombercommand Changes to description and events
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=5081

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2017 03:20:00 bombercommand Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/One384thAircraft.php?AircraftK...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 7278 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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