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42-39881

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Gr Island 12/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 13/12/43; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Pilot: Bob Stine, Co-pilot: Bob Kehoe, Navigator: Lee Miller, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: Paul Trump, Radio Operator: Frank Keeney, Ball Turret Gunner: John Risi, Left Waist Gunner: Dick Thill, Right Waist Gunner: Ed Phillips (8 Killed in Action); Bombardier: Walter Empric, Tail Gunner: Gilbert Prager (2 Prisoners of War); flak, crashed Isernhagen, four miles NE of Hannover, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4017. GLORIA J.

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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Walter Empric

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Bombardier on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down on 11 April 1944 on his 17th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag Luft III (Sagan,...

  • Frank Keeney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kehoe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Kinsey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Robert Sylvester Kinsey Born April 1 1924 in Oklahoma's Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy Oklahoma to Robert S. Kinsey and Olive Forsythe. His father worked for the Train Company in the Oil Fields. Later moved to Atchison Kansas were he married his...

  • Lee Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Navigator on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Edward Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Right Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Gilbert Prager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Tail Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 on his 19th combat mission in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Prisoner of War (POW). Detained as a prisoner of the government of Germany in Stalag XVII-B.

  • John Risi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    John Mario Risi (Jan 18, 1925 - April 11, 1944) enlisted in the US Air Force in 1942 (age 17) by identifying himself as 18 years old because his parents did not agree to sign off on his enlisted. He was positioned as the ball turret gunner with the ...

  • Robert Stine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Original pilot of B17-G #42-31488 - "Shade Ruff" and B-17G #42-97478 - "Shade Ruff #2." Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Richard Thill

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Left Waist Gunner on 1st Lt Robert O. Stine's "Shade Ruff" crew. Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17G #42-39881 "Gloria J." Killed in Action (KIA).

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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 11 April 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 August 2019 14:26:54 Shade Ruff Changes to markings
Sources

Included squadron code identification.

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2019 13:44:45 Shade Ruff Changes to person associations
Sources

Loaded correct page for Miller.

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 00:30:38 Shade Ruff Changes to description
Sources

Missing Air Crew Report #4017.

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2019 17:38:02 Shade Ruff Changes to nicknames
Sources

401st Bombardment Group (Heavy) Association's web site: 401bg.org

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4017 / MACR 4018 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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