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42-39943

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 13/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43;
Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 2/1/44;

Missing in Action Berlin 7/5/44 with Browning Grimmett, Co-pilot: John Leach, Bombardier: Chas Koontz, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Platt, Radio Operator: Wilbur Lauer, Ball turret gunner: John Spiotti, Waist gunner: Calvin Yeager, Waist gunner: Roscoe Humphrey,Tail gunner: Bill Slaughter (9 Killed in Action); Navigator: Ray Haines (Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 4587. LASSIE COME HOME.

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...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Joseph Amber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier, Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Don Currie crew. 38 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Joseph Blaugh

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ben Johnson crew. ETD ...

  • Melvin Brandt

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. Ben Johnson crew. ETD ...

  • Edward Daniel

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Howard Fishbeck

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 30 missions with the last 9 missions in 'Diana Queen of the Chase' 42-102393. 'Lassie Come Home', 'Channel Express' and 'Hangover Haven' were each flown twice. Replacement Navigator for McCord crew. ...

  • Raymond Francis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Browning Grimmett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4587 Award: PH.

  • Raymond Haines

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle. Sole survivor. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 4587 ...

  • Roscoe Humphrey

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin 7-May-44 in B-17 42-39943 'Lassie Come Home'; shot down by flak, crashed Hohnebostel, seven miles SE of Celle Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4587 Award: PH.

  • Benjamin Johnson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions with the last 9 missions in 'Diana Queen of the Chase' 42-102393. 'Lassie Come Home', 'Channel Express' and 'Hangover Haven' were each flown twice. His nephew mentioned he was squad leader and is buried in KY.

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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 206

    3 February 1944
    The port area and Naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany was the primary target for this mission. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bomb Divisions all participated. ...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 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 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 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 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

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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) Hohnebostel, 29364 Langlingen, Germany 7 May 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2021 13:49:30 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Aircraft/Details.aspx?ID=39943

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 14:45:03 Rob_Reh Changes to markings
Sources

401st BG

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 14:25:23 Rob_Reh Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

401st BG

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 14:13:19 Rob_Reh Changes to markings
Sources

401st BG

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 14:12:46 Rob_Reh Changes to markings and person associations
Sources

401st BG

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2020 22:19:20 RayWells Changes to person associations
Sources

info from Phillip Staley`s son Ray

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 4587 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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