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42-39932

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Gr Island 5/11/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-H] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; 11 x missions; was set for mission to Bernburg 6/7/44 with Russ Lockhart, Co-pilot: Porter Ham, Navigator: Bob Grilley, Bombardier: John Jardine, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Clarry Pyles, Radio Operator: Otto Schlaegel, Ball turret gunner: Lloyd Mull, Waist gunner: Jay Harper,Tail gunner: Larry Millon (9 Returned to Duty); was parked when 42-31037 taxied into side of a/c; sal 2 SAD Watton 17/7/44. SWEAT ’ER OUT.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-31037 Pistol Packin' Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe 10/10/43; Missing in Action Leipzig 20/7/44 with Kenneth R Murgatroyd, James E Pennoyer, James K Elderkin, Stanley Lesser, Jerome P Robertson, Howard N Magnuson (6 Prisoner of War); Owen...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

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

  • 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...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | B17 Right Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Grilley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Porter Ham

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Harper

    Military | Corporal | 401st Bomb Group

  • John Jardine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group

  • Charles Keeling

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 29 actual combat missions; credited with 1 additional mission. 5/19/44 Kiel; 5/22/44 Kiel; 5/23/44 Bayon, France, 5/25/44 Fecamp/Metz, France; 6/4/44 Massey/Palaisean, France; 6/6/44 Ver-Sur-Mer, France; 6/11/44 Bernay/St. Martin, France; 6...

  • Walter Keith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Close call 5-Dec-43 AC B-1742-39825 'Zenobia El Elephante 2' stalled and exploded on ground 20 minutes later. Crew had escaped and villagers warned so no civilian casualties and crew returned. 13 x combat missions....

  • Sandy Lew

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Lockhart

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lawrence Million

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer; Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 missions from 6 June to 3 October 1944; volunteered for fill in gunners 2 times. On 21 June 1944 over Hamburg, Germany, we were hit by flak and the oxygen system was hit and leaking. Being in the tail my oxygen...

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 257

    13 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France are the targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch aircraft but the weather is so terrible that most could not bomb a target. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 332

    1 May 1944

  • 361

    22 May 1944
    From diary of Lt. David W. Leblanc: "Was up at four for a mission to Kiel, Germany. I went as first pilot and Rocky as my co-pilot. Every thing went along swell except at target. Flack was moderate but extremely accurate. Two ships in the lead squadron...

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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
Manufactured Burbank, CA 1943

Built at Vega.

Delivered Long Beach, CA 12 October 1943

Delivered Long Beach 12-Oct-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe, UK 2 January 1944

Assigned 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Deenethorpe, UK 6 July 1944

Taxied into by B-17 42-31037, tailplane damaged, written off. 9 x RTD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2019 11:15:40 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-39932-sweat-er-out/
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=39932

Date Contributor Update
06 August 2016 01:51:08 RWOLIVER Changes to nicknames
Sources

401bg.org

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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